Fruit, Vegetable Crops Rot While Trump-Led Immigration Backlash Idles Farm Lobby – AgWeb


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Fruit, Vegetable Crops Rot While Trump-Led Immigration Backlash Idles Farm Lobby
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An immigration policy focused on closing the border would shift up to 61 percent of U.S. fruit production to other countries due to domestic labor shortages, sending jobs to Mexico and other nearby competitors, according to a 2014 study commissioned by

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WEEKLY IMMIGRATION REPORT, MAY 10, 2016: Aliens Cost More than Retirees Get from Social Security – Right Side News

WEEKLY IMMIGRATION REPORT, MAY 10, 2016: Aliens Cost More than Retirees Get from Social Security
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IRLI represents the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (Washtech), a labor union of American technology workers who have been forced to compete with these aliens for scarce tech jobs. The three-judge panel of the DC Circuit heard argument from

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WEEKLY IMMIGRATION REPORT, MAY 10, 2016: Aliens Cost More than Retirees Get from Social Security – Right Side News


Right Side News
WEEKLY IMMIGRATION REPORT, MAY 10, 2016: Aliens Cost More than Retirees Get from Social Security
Right Side News
IRLI represents the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (Washtech), a labor union of American technology workers who have been forced to compete with these aliens for scarce tech jobs. The three-judge panel of the DC Circuit heard argument from

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“Something Old, Something New” on Exploiting Young Aliens – Immigration Blog (blog)

"Something Old, Something New" on Exploiting Young Aliens
Immigration Blog (blog)
The story is that some teenage illegal migrants from Central America, once in federal custody, were turned over to exploitative labor agents — all with Hispanic names — and were then exploited on factory farms. They were forced to work long hours and …

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Immigration Positions Reflect Food Choices, Access – The Blue Review


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Immigration Positions Reflect Food Choices, Access
The Blue Review
The authors argue that because labor costs account for nearly 40 percent of production costs for fruits and vegetables, substantial change to immigration policy would have significant effects on the agricultural industry. … Growing our food

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Why a 100 Woman Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform Matters

One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. immigration crisis — and to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders.

They started their pilgrimage outside the immigration detention facility in York, Pennsylvania. They walked for eight days, sharing their stories of struggle, discrimination, deportation, and family separation. They pushed through pain and blisters to reclaim their humanity and inspire love and compassion for migrants everywhere.

I caught up with them on day five in Baltimore and again at the closing vigil in Washington, DC. I expected to see tired faces and dragging feet, but instead I was greeted with cheers, singing, tears of joy, and an overwhelming sense of hope and determination. “Are you all tired?” they chanted. “What’s that?”

These courageous women are unstoppable.

They weren’t acting alone. Also on a mission to put a human face on the immigration conversation was 5-year-old Sophie Cruz, who came all the way from Los Angeles.

This determined little girl in a beautiful Mexican indigenous dress caught the pope’s attention. Francis embraced her as she gave him a t-shirt and a letter.

“I want to tell you that my heart is sad,” she wrote. Reflecting on her worries about her undocumented parents, she told the pontiff, “every day I am scared that one day [the authorities] will take them away from me.”

Sophie represents the 4.5 million citizen children who experience this fear and uncertainty every day, something that no kid should ever have to endure. She asked Francis not to forget about children caught in the middle of our broken immigration system, and begged him to urge President Barack Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform.

As I watched Francis address Congress, I smiled and thought of Sophie, the 100 women, and our nation’s immigrant families. We all rejoiced upon hearing the pope’s words of compassion toward immigrants. He called on our lawmakers to “view them as persons” while “seeing their faces and listening to their stories.”

The pontiff’s words couldn’t have come at a better time.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric is growing. Politicians are competing with one another to see who can say the most outrageous, hateful, and racist words about immigrants. Their comments have even inspired violence — such as when two men brutally assaulted a Latino man in Boston, telling police, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.”

Pope Francis implored Congress to remember that this country was founded by immigrants, and urged them to follow the Golden Rule.

The pope continued his U.S. visit with stops in New York City and Philadelphia, where he continued spreading messages of love and respect for thy neighbor.

In one of his last public events in Philadelphia, he spoke with great affection to a crowd filled with recent immigrants at Independence Hall, a place known to many as America’s birthplace.

“Do not be discouraged by whatever challenges and hardships you face,” he advised them. He asked them “not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to your new nation.

What’s next for the 100 women?

They’ll walk on the 11th day of every month in prayer, love, and unity with this nation’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. How many more miles will it take until Congress starts treating immigrants with the respect they deserve?

The post Why a 100 Woman Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform Matters appeared first on Institute for Policy Studies.

Cecilia Velasco is the New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Why immigration reform matters to agriculture – Farm Futures

Why immigration reform matters to agriculture
Farm Futures
In California, for instance, many fruit and vegetable growers who can't get workers are switching to less labor-intensive row crops, says Kristi Boswell, director of congressional relations for American Farm Bureau Federation. As a result of labor

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Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


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Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign
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In Boston, set amid agriculturally rich flatlands 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of London, the immigrants came mostly to pick fruit, vegetables and flowers and work in food factories. Eastern … “People here understand that migration is a complex

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Let’s keep it real in the illegal immigration debate – The Tennessean


The Tennessean
Let's keep it real in the illegal immigration debate
The Tennessean
And the biggest food producers have kept prices relatively low by pressuring their friends in government to provide cheap, exploitable labor either in the form of guest worker programs or by looking the other way at undocumented immigrants. … The

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On the EDge: Time for conservatives to get a grip over immigration – St George News


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On the EDge: Time for conservatives to get a grip over immigration
St George News
As they leave there will be an abundance of low-paying jobs that will go unfilled, which will mean that the cost of goods harvested by migrant workers will soar if and when U.S. laborers take to the fields to pick and sort our fruits and vegetables
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