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Wage Theft Escalates After Hurricane Harvey 25.8.2018
Texas failed to implement the most basic defenses against wage theft after Hurricane Harvey.

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Building a Rapid-Response Network to Defend Immigrant Workers 19.8.2018
As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members. In Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center has created a rapid-response network it calls “Sanctuary in the Streets” (SiS). The worker center, founded in 2014, organizes restaurant workers and farmworkers in the … Continued

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Trump Welcomes Immigrants, but Only if They Can Be Exploited 31.7.2018
Trump and the GOP's idea of putting "American jobs first," is to add a million guest workers to the labor market.

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Defending Undocumented Nannies, House Cleaners and Caregivers 19.7.2018
For immigrant families targeted by Trump, the trauma is real and long-lasting.

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Trump has been silent on rule that employers verify that workers are legal 23.5.2018 Washington Post
E-Verify, a federal program for checking workplace eligibility, is effective and popular. But the president and the GOP have gone quiet about taking it nationwide amid a labor shortage.
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Raids and tariffs? We'll take our lumps, say California farmers 21.4.2018 LA Times: Business
Hit by immigration raids and tariffs on their products, farmers in California could be regretting their support of Trump for president. They're not. They'll take one for the team, even if it means losing labor and profit, because they can't stand the regulations that they associate with Democrats.
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Brooklyn's Sunset Park, built and rebuilt by immigrants, sees change once again 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Down at the water’s edge in southwestern Brooklyn, in a refurbished industrial building, lines spilled out the doorways of eateries peddling $7 avocado toast and $12 pulled pork sandwiches.

On this cold winter’s day, families lunched at tables inside faux-Native American tents set up in an outdoor...

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Creating a labor shortage by deporting immigrant farmworkers makes no sense 4.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Who will work the fields in California when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has rounded up all the immigrant laborers? (“ICE arrests farmworkers, sparking fears in the Central Valley over immigrants and the economy,” March 31)

Why, all those American citizens the Mexicans...

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As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights find their American dream slipping away 3.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Fidela Villasano’s entire world was upending.

In August, her landlord sold the tiny clapboard bungalow where she had lived for 55 years, and the new owner notified her that he wanted her out in the next few months.

Like so many in Lincoln Heights, this tiny, rawboned 89-year-old woman had lived...

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In the Central Valley, ICE arrests of farmworkers who weren't immigration targets have raised anxiety 31.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
The arrest of dozens of farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley who were not planned targets of ICE and often had no criminal records sows confusion in the fields.
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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now 21.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches, strikes, protests, and sit-ins from Tampa to Mali have changed the global conversation about workers' rights." So writes Annelise Orleck in her new book We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages -- which, as she explains on this week's episode of Off-Kilter, tells the story behind the growing global labor movement ...
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Undocumented and Unpaid, Until Now: Houston Day Laborers Fight Wage Theft After Hurricane Harvey 20.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles

After Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Houston six months ago, tons of moldy debris had to be removed, and the nation's fourth-largest city is now beginning a multi-year rebuilding process. Much of the work is being done by undocumented immigrants, who make up at least half of the Texas construction workforce. But even as their work is in high demand after the storm, many are facing widespread wage theft. Few of them report the abuse, because they fear deportation if they go to police because of state's so-called "show me your papers" law that allows police to ask anyone in their custody their immigration status. We speak with Mauricio "Chele" Iglesias, community organizer for the Workers Defense Project in Houston, and Renée Feltz, reporter for The Intercept and longtime Democracy Now! producer.

Please check back later for full transcript.

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Couple in US illegally killed speeding away from agents 16.3.2018 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A husband and wife in the country illegally were fleeing U.S. immigration officials in a rural California farm town when they lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a power pole, killing the couple with six children, police said....
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Trump should should tour Central Valley farm fields — and leave his immigration agents at home 15.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Hard-liners who want to deport all immigrants living here illegally should visit a California farm at harvest. In fact, that’s especially a good idea for President Trump.

The president might learn a thing or two about undocumented farmworkers and the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform...

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Amid rising tensions between President Trump and California, L.A. honors 'braceros' 9.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Decades ago, the United States eagerly welcomed more than 1 million Mexican nationals across the border.

Through an agreement between the U.S. and Mexican governments, the temporary workers, known as “braceros,” came under a program to help fill labor shortages during and after World War II.


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Why Trump's effort to curb immigration could hurt US economy 26.2.2018 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's 21st century job market increasingly demands high-tech skills and knowledge. Yet consider this: Nearly half the new jobs the government foresees emerging by 2026 will require only a high school diploma - or none at all....
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Visits by federal immigration authorities are spooking California businesses and workers 26.2.2018 LA Times: Business

When federal immigration agents visited Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores and trucking companies near the ports in recent weeks to conduct audits of employee records, it sent a chill through those businesses and others in the region.

Immigrant advocates said some employees at the audited firms stopped...

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As crime and drugs recede, MacArthur Park is going upscale, and many residents feel left behind 25.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

When she moved to her apartment near MacArthur Park, Maria Benitez quickly discovered no one turned down her street by accident.

Some came to buy crack cocaine or to hunt for rival gang members. In 1993, a group of gang members in her neighborhood set fire to an apartment complex three doors down...

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For here or to go? 10.2.2018 Hindu: News
Caught between an administration hostile to immigrants and a progressively tougher visa regime, the fate of more than 1.5 million Indian green card applicants hangs in the balance. Varghese K. George reports on how Indian Americans are now mobilising for legal reforms that would allow them to pursue their American dream
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Speech used soaring rhetoric — and many dubious facts and figures 31.1.2018 Washington Post
Here’s a roundup of the president's most dubious claims.
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