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Thompson leads call to protect agriculture workforce

From LakeCoNews.com, Lake County News, 17 Feb 2012. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) is leading a group of representatives in calling on President Obama to protect the U.S. agricultural workforce from a harmful “enforcement-only” approach to immigration reform. In a letter to the president, Thompson and his colleagues in the House wrote that … Continue reading

Opinion: Illegal Immigration: More at Stake than You Think

From TBO.com, Tampa Bay Online, “Illegal immigration: More at stake than you think” 22 Jan 2012. Ask most Americans about “illegal immigration” and they are likely to conjure an image of someone of Hispanic origin swimming across the Rio Grande or evading border patrolmen in the desert. The reality is that just who is “illegal,” … Continue reading

Cal-OSHA Cites, Fines Company for Farmworker Death

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, 11 Jan 2012. OAKLAND, Calif. — California workplace regulators have fined a labor contracting company $74,125 in the death of a farmworker last summer. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, said Wednesday that it issued the citation and penalty to Holtville-based C. Clunn Consulting after the death … Continue reading

Strict Immigration Reform in Georgia Results in Absent Labor Force

From AgriView.com, Jeffrey Hoffelt, Livestock Editor, 5 Jan 2012. Earlier this year, Georgia representatives passed legislation that significantly impacted the state’s agriculture industry. The restrictive immigration policy was one of the first regional reform documents-and many southern dairy producers believe that it sent the state down the wrong path. Of those opinion leaders, Everett Williams, … Continue reading

Farm Labor Laws Crippling Carolina Fruit, Vegetable Operations

From SoutheastFarmPress.com, Roy Roberson, 30 Dec 2011. Kendall Hill is co-owner and president of Tull Hill Farms, one of North Carolina’s longest running, largest and most successful vegetable crop farming operations. The biggest risk to operations like his, Hill says, is the availability and affordability of labor. “I’m 72 years old. I can’t work in … Continue reading

For One Ala. Farmer, Workers Are Still Scarce

From NPR.org, NPR Staff, 25 Dec 2011. Earlier this year, Alabama passed a tough immigration law that prompted thousands of migrant workers to flee the state. Shortly after, NPR spoke with Jamie Boatwright, a fourth-generation tomato farmer in Steele, Ala. When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright’s farmhands — all of them from Mexico … Continue reading

Studies, Surveys Confirm Georgia Farm Labor Losses

From SoutheastFarmPress.com, Paul Hollis, 2 Dec 2011. Farmers complaining of immigration legislation Numerous surveys and studies conducted in Georgia have revealed farm labor shortages and negative economic impacts since the passage this year of a tough new immigration law in the state. Though none of the findings mention the law specifically, many farmers have complained … Continue reading

Vermont Human Rights Commission Hearing: State Police Discriminated Against Mexican Farmworkers During Traffic Stop

From VTDigger.org, 1 Dec 2011. Natalia Fajardo, VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project, 802.497.7027/802-658-6770 Brendan O’Neill, VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project, 802.825.1609/802-658-6770 VT Human Rights Commission Unanimously Finds State Police Discriminated Against Daniel Alejandro Lopez-Santiago During September Traffic Stop VT Farmworkers Welcome Decision As Another Step Forward for Community Thursday, December 1- Winooski, VT– The VT … Continue reading

Farmworkers Win Unfair Labor Practices Settlement

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, 29 Nov 2011. FRESNO, Calif. — A central California almond and grape grower will pay nearly $1 million in a settlement with farmworkers for unfair labor practices. The settlement announced Tuesday requires H&R Gunlund Ranches, Inc. of Caruthers, Calif. to pay $915,000 to 82 migratory farmworkers and their attorneys. The settlement is … Continue reading

Bachmann’s Plan To Deport 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants Would Cost U.S. Economy $2.6 Trillion

From ThinkProgress.org, Marie Diamond, 28 Nov 2011. Determined to distinguish herself with the most draconian immigration position in the GOP field, today Michele Bachmann elaborated on her plan to deport every single undocumented immigrant in the country: [P]residential candidate Michele Bachmann called for 11 million illegal immigrants to be deported from the United States in steps. […]Asked by … Continue reading

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