Tuesday, May 6, 2008

LULAC News on Immigration, April, 2008

>IMMIGRATION
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>Congressional Hispanics Knock Top Dems
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>USA Today
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>The Congressional Hispanic Caucus denounced House Democratic leaders
>Wednesday as "spineless" and little better than Republicans for failing
>to take on comprehensive immigration reform. Leaders of the
>all-Democratic caucus, which numbers two dozen, criticized their party
>leadership at a news conference for instead scheduling hearings on
>enforcement legislation and specific visa issues. (Read More
> )
>
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>LULAC National President Rosa Rosales made the following statement
>today: "Over the last few months a failure to reach consensus on
>immigration reform has resulted in raids around the country including
>Texas. For this reason LULAC applauds the members of the Congressional
>Hispanic Caucus for their leadership in supporting the STRIVE act today
>which would more thoroughly address the security and labor concerns at
>hand. The STRIVE Act has 75 co-sponsors.
>
>LULAC is disappointed with the latest round of raids by the federal
>agents who were part of the newest initiative by the government to crack
>down on undocumented immigrants working in the plants of poultry
>producers across the country. Other industries have also been targeted.
>Raids in a doughnut factory in Houston and a Mexican restaurant chain in
>upstate New York have also led to dozens of arrests. LULAC again urges
>President Bush to mandate a temporary stoppage on raids. The raids do
>nothing to improve our immigration laws and cause fear in the
>communities. The process is having a negative impact on the immigrants,
>local communities and the economy. (Read More
> )
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>Pope Speaks Up for Immigrants, Touching a Nerve
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>New York Times
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>Even as he was flying to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of
>protecting immigrant families, not dividing them.
>
>On the other side of the issue, some members of the Catholic hierarchy
>said they were shocked that on the same day that Benedict and President
>Bush affirmed in a joint statement the need for a policy that treats
>immigrants humanely and protects their families, federal agents were
>conducting raids at five chicken plants. They arrested more than 300
>immigrants accused of being undocumented workers. (Read More
> )
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>Gov. Barbour signs undocumented-worker bill
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>Immigrants rights advocates cry foul, vow they will continue to fight
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>Mississippi Clarion Ledger
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>Companies in Mississippi soon will be required to use a federal pilot
>program called eVerify to determine whether potential workers are legal
>U.S. residents, under a bill Gov. Haley Barbour signed into law Monday.
>
>But shortly after he signed off on Senate Bill 2988, Barbour cautioned
>that the language needs some alterations, including adding more avenues
>for companies to check the residency status of new hires. (Read More
> )
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>Immigrant Troops Important To Military
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>Tampa Tribune
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>But a military eager to fill its ranks during an unpopular war welcomed
>him and the estimated 39,000 service personnel who are not U.S.
>citizens.
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>Their numbers amount to about 7 percent of the U.S. military. The
>largest share of them are from Mexico, like Huerta-Cruz, who came here
>at age 7 and attended Countryside High School.
>
>Recruiting foreign nationals into the U.S. military is a practice as old
>as the military itself. They fought the British in the Continental Army
>and have served in nearly every conflict since.
>
>Since then, dozens of noncitizens killed in action have been granted
>posthumous citizenship, which opens the door for relatives living here
>legally to become citizens more quickly. More than 660,000 people have
>been granted citizenship in the past 146 years because of military
>service, CNA said.
>
>Against these sentiments, military recruiters use the path to
>citizenship as a lure to keep their numbers up. (Read More
> )
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>A New View of Vacant Houses
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>Immigrant Crackdown Changing Block for the Better, Pr. William Pair Say
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>Washington Post
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>People on both sides of Prince William's undocumented-immigration debate
>say Latino immigrants are leaving the county. Evidence is anecdotal, and
>so far it is impossible to measure the migration or whether it is driven
>by tough laws, economic downturn or the wave of mortgage foreclosures.
>Yet where opponents of the crackdown predict the ruin of the county's
>finances and culture via mean-spirited policy, such supporters as
>Pannell and Kipp envision a neighborhood rebirth rooted in simple
>democracy. (Read More
> )
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>Mexicans Get Less Aid From Migrants
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>Downturn in U.S. Increases Poverty, Desire to Go North
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>Washington Post
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>The effects of the subprime mortgage crisis and the downturn in the U.S.
>economy have cascaded into Mexico, causing a sudden, precipitous drop in
>the flow of money sent home by Mexican immigrants and highlighting this
>country's dependence on its wealthier northern neighbor. (Read More
> )
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>Nearly 300 arrested in immigration raids at poultry plants
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>Associated Press
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>Texas - Federal agents arrested nearly 300 people Wednesday in raids at
>Pilgrim's Pride chicken plants in five states,
>the latest crackdown on undocumented immigrant labor at the nation's
>poultry producers.(Read More
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