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Tag Archives: IMMIGRATION

TRUMP CUTS A DEAL

President Donald Trump Wednesday shocked his Republican counterparts when he struck a short-term deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. The deal will fund the government and raise the debt ceiling for three months, postponing a fight about fiscal matters, including whether the U.S. should fund Trump’s long-promised border wall. (Washington Post)

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TRUMP RESCINDS #DACA

President Donald Trump’s administration will wind down a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. Congress has six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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U.S. FARMS ADD MORE FOREIGN WORKERS

U.S. farms are bringing in more foreign-born guest workers to plant and harvest the country’s crops under the H-2A visa program. In the first three months of 2017, the Department of Labor approved applications to fill 69,272 farm jobs with foreign guest workers, up from 50,887 jobs OK’d during the same period last year. The… read more

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APPEALS COURT STAYS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

A federal appeals court unanimously rejected a Trump administration request to allow its travel ban to take effect. The three-judge appeals panel did not overturn a lower court’s order which stopped the president’s ban refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations. (Chicago Tribune)

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VISA GLITCH STRAINS U.S. FARMS

A computer failure has prevented the U.S. from issuing thousands of temporary and immigrant visas since June 9, leaving agricultural workers stranded at the border just as the summer harvest gets underway. “It’s a crisis,” said Jason Resnick, general counsel for the Western Growers Association, which represents farmers in California, Arizona and Colorado. He said… read more

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IMMIGRATION REACT

President Barack Obama’s immigration initiative will not help America’s farmers deal with the real labor challenges they face, AFBF President Bob Stallman said in a statement issued Thursday night. “Our nation loses millions of dollars in fruit and vegetable production every year because farmers cannot find labor to harvest everything they grow. This order will… read more

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UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

A new Pew Research survey finds Illinois was among 14 states that saw its population of undocumented workers decline during 2009-2012. Pew reports Illinois’ numbers declined by 30,000 people.

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BORDER SECURITY

 Homeland Security officials are planning to create a military-like chain of command to police the Southwest U.S. border. The Wall Street Journal says Border Patrol and Customs agents would be overseen by the Coast Guard.

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IMMIGRATION UPDATE

President Barack Obama will delay plans to issue an executive order on immigration until the end of the year, heeding the warnings of Democratic senators who feared a voter backlash ahead of the November elections.

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IMMIGRATION REFORM

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning talking about importance of immigration reform for agriculture and businesses in his district.

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