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May 31, 2006
Invisible Plaintiffs
A federal lawsuit reveals the complications

of immigrant-labor oversight.
 

Migrant Housing Dedicated Wednesday
Duke joined Mt. Olive and others on project

 

Illegal farm workers to get limited help
70 left homeless after complaint at Roberts Island

 

Immigration bill jumble gets swindlers going
Fraud - Officials warn against a "special letter" that,

for a fee, offers to fast-track the amnesty

process for illegal immigrants

 

May 30, 2006
Ex-braceros leery of guest worker plan
They say Senate bill needs assurances on living conditions, pay

 

Border agents' view: Target the employers

 

Group helps immigrants have a 'life of dignity'

 

May 29, 2006

HOUSE REPUBLICAN SAYS SENATE IMMIGRATION PLAN UNACCEPTABLE

 

Good fences, great walls
Proposed border fence dividing neighbors, nation

 

Immigration crackdown may threaten state's farms
Without migrants, prices would go up, farmers say

 

Rules Collide With Reality in the Immigration Debate
 

May 28, 2006
Laborers sue Arkansas berry farm

With Illegal Immigrants Fighting Wildfires, West Faces a Dilemma

 

Ag guest worker plan took a lot of tinkering

 

May 27, 2006

Long Path to Immigration Deal
Senate and House are `moons apart,' especially

on legalization, says one conservative negotiator.
 

Mexican President Thanks Bush for Support on

Changes in Immigration

 

Chaplain: Deportation would cost consumers
If illegal immigrants go, prices for produce will

skyrocket, he says

 

Analysis: Bush's role key in fierce debate
The House and Senate are still far apart on an

immigration bill.

 

Protections for pineros inserted into immigration

reform bill

 

Immigration bill faces tough foe
Key congressman labels Senate plan 'a nonstarter'

 

House, Senate dig in deep on immigration reform
Conflicting bills: Utah Rep. Chris Cannon says the

Senate's inclusion of 'amnesty' is deal-breaker

 

Immigration-bill vote is urged before election

Immigration bill seen as big step

 

May 26, 2006
Enough, Skinner says of food foes
McDonald's boss gags on `fictitious' attacks by critics

 

Obstacles Loom in Immigration Bill Passage

 

Border Fight Divides G.O.P.

 

House Republican Pessimistic on Immigration Deal

 

Senate, in Bipartisan Act, Passes an Immigration Bill
 

Farm Workers Blame Ailments On Pesticide Use

 

Critics Say Bill Diminishes Due Process for Immigrants

McDonald's CEO: Attack on fast food is just 'fictional'
 

May 25, 2006
Fox - immigration solution requires respect

 

Immigration foreshadows 2008 GOP contest
 

Fox urges joint effort to manage immigration

 

Bush's Immigration Proposal Drives Wedge

Between Usual Allies

 

Fla. lawmakers resist president's immigration plan

 

House GOP's Back Is to the Wall on Borders
Many Republicans say a softened immigration stand

is unthinkable. Others fear the political fallout if there's

no deal after a long debate.

 

D.C. IN TUG OF WAR ON IMMIGRATION
Senate closes in on citizenship plan, but House foes

say that's what has to go
 

Surprises on Senate's path to immigration bill

 

Some in Mexico See Border Wall as Opportunity
 

Immigration Bill Backed in Senate, Setting Up Clash

 

Martinez details how Senate slugged out immigration bill

 

Workers await bill
Lawmakers' decision will affect lives of many Salinas-area

immigrants, employers

 

Immigration bill given final polish in Senate
Passage expected today by modest margin, but conference

with House will be a battle

 

Too lenient, too harsh: Immigration up for vote
The U.S. Senate is expected to approve its bill as soon as today.

But there's a long way to go before anything is solved.

Mexico's Fox Urges Fairness for Immigrants

Touring the West, Mexican Leader Opposes Fence

 

Fragile Senate Coalition Set To Pass Bill on Immigration

 

Silo fall leaves man critically injured
Overcome by gas, Washington County farm worker plunges

20 feet down chute

 

Chambliss says immigration compromise puts more emphasis

on amnesty than on border security
 

May 24, 2006
Braceros recount lives for posterity
Smithsonian team finds wealth of history in valley

 

Sessions raps Alfa on immigration
 

Mexican President's Visit: State shows 2 faces of a

growing debate
Hopes and struggles of life in the valley for migrants

 

Senate immigration bill's key provisions

 

THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE
CAPITOL HILL STANDOFF:
Senate moves toward passing a bill that conservatives

in House oppose over 'amnesty' provisions

 

Senate Backs Job Verification for Immigrants

 

Migrant bill splits Florida's lawmakers
Nelson and Martinez favor compromise, while Harris

supports a punitive approach.

 

N.C. officials suggest possible pesticide, defect link

 

State can't prove birth defect link
A report calls for a great increase in oversight in the

use of the chemicals

House GOP Not Budging on Border
Leaders still committed to an enforcement-only plan

and opposed to the Senate's wider overhaul.

 

Fox Begins Visit in Immigrant-Friendly Utah
Mexico's president is welcomed by the state's political

elite and hailed by his countrymen.

 

Immigration report shakes up D.C. debate
IT ESTIMATES 103 MILLION PEOPLE WOULD ENTER U.S.

 

Senate coalition fights off attempts to change bill

 

House-Senate Battle On Immigration Likely
Some in GOP See Bush as Key to Accord

 

Farmers Pressing Lawmakers on Immigration

Immigration foes throwing bricks at Sen. Mel Martinez

 

SENATE BLOCKS MOVE FOR FULL CITIZENSHIP
Endorses plan requiring employers to check legal status

on all prospective workers

 

Farm Aid In North Carolina
The American Prospect: Guest Workers Fight For

New Contract
 

May 23, 2006
Immigration Bill Expected To Pass Senate This Week

Hastert May Block Version That Divides House GOP

 

Feinstein offers plan to legalize immigrants
SENATOR’S ALTERNATIVE: Three steps would put

illegal workers on path to green card

 

Mexican President to Visit Utah Today
Mexican President Vicente Fox Heads to Utah Today to

Begin 3-State Visit to the U.S.

 

Contractor Fined Over Treatment of Workers
An L.A. company is told to pay back wages to Thai laborers

hired on agricultural visas.

 

Amendment's Defeat Helps Senate Immigration Plan
A farmworker program is left intact. Feinstein, meanwhile,

seeks to ease legalization rules.

Failed Amnesty Legislation of 1986 Haunts the Current

Immigration Bills in Congress

 

May 22, 2006
Immigration Deal Is Likely

 

Safe passage in Bush's hands
Lawmakers say success of immigration bill lies with

president and his ability to persuade House GOP

 

No fines or citations for Horn

 

May 21, 2006
A ‘Black Hole’ on a Porous Border
Corrupt police and complicit citizens make

Jacume a forbidding redoubt where smugglers

of illegal drugs and immigrants operate with a

sense of impunity. ‘They own the place,’ says a

Mexican official.
 

At Unforgiving Arizona-Mexico Border,

Tide of Desperation Is Overwhelming

 

Bush calls for immigration deal again
Democrats’ response calls on president to stand

up to ‘far right’

 

Waiting for citizenship, 20 years later

 

Vote nears in Senate on migrants
If bill OK'd, talks with House next

 

An air of uncertainty in town where Latino roots run deep

 

Stirring the Pot, Focusing on the Melting
Divisions persist in the ongoing immigration debate,

but lawmakers are united in pushing for a traditional

American aim -- assimilation.

 

Give and take across the border
1 in 7 Mexican workers migrates – most send money home

 

Border War
Immigration, From a Simmer to a Scream

 

May 20, 2006
Senate's sausage-makers grind away on immigration
 

No plain English from Bush aides

 

Border initiatives miss huge group
Millions overstay; security risk seen

 

Immigration Bill Shapes Up in the Senate
A bipartisan alliance is steering the chamber's

legislation closer to the White House's ideal

than that of the House.

 

Immigration issues put senators on a seesaw

 

Bill addresses deportation appeals
SENATE VERSION WOULD CHANGE BUSH

POLICY WIDELY SEEN AS UNFAIR

 

Immigration bill needs tweaks, advocates say
Immigrant advocates applauded efforts by

Sen. Mel Martinez to help undocumented

immigrants legalize their status. But some fear

his proposal could do more harm than good.

 

May 19, 2006
Whitehall woman acts as go-between for legal

migrant workers

 

Build a Fence? Intruders Might Get Over It
To many opponents of illegal immigration,

erecting physical barriers is essential. But

their effectiveness has been mixed.

 

Walking a fine line on wall
Mexico’s president doesn’t want to strain U.S.

relations but wants to acknowledge the anger

his people feel.

 

Anger-driven patriot aches for his beloved U.S.
Most news, especially on immigration, perils his

fragile health. It scares him - and his wife.

 

Gregoire: Mexico president will meet farmers, business titans
 

Migrants forgo smugglers to enter U.S.

 

Some Immigrants Fear Guest Worker Program

 

Storm safety prompts concern for migrants

 

Bush Now Favors Some Fencing Along Border

 

May 18, 2006
Despite Security and Dangers, Border Crossers

Find Way North
 

Bush heads to border smuggling hotspot

 

A Job Americans Won't Do, Even at $34 an Hour
Some landscape firms rebut claims that higher pay,

not immigration reform, is needed.

 

Senate Votes to Extend Fence Along Border

 

Senators OK fence on border
Karl Rove, UFW's Huerta find they're on same side

as they push for adoption of comprehensive plan.

Senate Backs Fence, Guest-Worker Curbs
Immigration Bill Gaining Conservative Support

 

May 17, 2006
Rumors spur drive to enter U.S.
Belief amnesty awaits compels some to

cross border without delay
 

Mexico threatens to sue in U.S.

 

Immigration Bill Taking Shape in Senate
 

Learning for a better life: Manatee's migrant

graduates honored

 

Immigration Proposals Pass Test In Senate
Guest-Worker And Citizenship Provisions Survive

 

Bush's approach gets bipartisan support

 

Troops will not stop trespassers, locals say
Hayward restaurateur praises guest-worker program,

but most Latinos doubt plans will work

 

House leaders cool to Bush plan
Rove, key Republicans to meet today on

immigration proposal

 

Bush gives immigration proposals hard push
Resistance still evident among conservatives


Senate guest worker plan survives attack
Boxer, Alabama Republican fail to kill provision,

but number of visas is reduced

 

Getting there and back

 

Non-profit a pillar to farmworkers' families
Local Telamon Corp. office in Belle Haven

serves the area's disadvantaged

 

May 16, 2006

In Speech, A Balancing Act of Policy And Politics

 

Bush's border security plan gets mixed reaction

in Mexico

 

NEWS ANALYSIS
President's Tough Talk on Border Is an Effort to

Mend GOP Fences

 

South Florida migrants split on troops plan

 

Tainted water likely causing rashes, burning
Many residents complain of irritation after showering

 

Plan Met With Warnings That it Won’t Be Enough

 

Bush Calls for Compromise on Immigration

 

May 15, 2006
A long wait
Tighter limits on immigration visas

Swell backlog of requests to enter the

U.S. legally And can divide families for many years

 

Bush Seeks to Heal Republican Split on Immigration
 

Plan to Deploy Guard at Border Worries Mexico

 

Bush to call on Guard to monitor border

 

Many unaware of enforcement level

 

May 14, 2006
Migrants gain new space for living
Aspers complex helps out seasonal farmworkers

in Adams County
 

Additional staff, funds help farmworkers

 

Immigrant Advocates Take Their Case to Capitol Hill
Activists Lobby Members of Congress, Aides on Legislation

 

May 13, 2006
Kolbe sees hope in immigration debate

 

Bush to Unveil Plan to Tighten Border Controls

 

Young immigrants raise voices, and hopes
Youths with energy and ideals are nurtured

as new leaders who can sustain a reform movement.

 

May 12, 2006
Opportunities attract illegal immigrants who

may lack connections to cross legally

 

New arrest in migrant probe

 

Conference set in assault case against farmer

 

Bush to Address Nation on Immigration

 

New trial is ordered for migrant smuggler

 

Worker killed at Manatee dairy farm
Javier Luis Mendoza dies at Jerry Dakin Dairy

on Saturday after being pinned by a Bobcat.
 

May 11, 2006
Palmer:  Ohio Fresh Eggs does not recruit in Mexico

 

Senators Agree to Revive Immigration Bill
 

May 10, 2006 
Farmworkers file complaint against FEMA

 

Immigration bill back on Senate radar
Republicans say they will introduce legislation

sometime next week, but Democratic lawmakers

demand a compromise

 

FEMA accused of ignoring plight of the poor after Wilma

 

Housing complex for migrant workers opens

 

Glades workers petition FEMA
 

May 9, 2006
Guest worker programs have checkered history

 

Gutierrez promotes Bush proposals as way to help

tourism. The president's commerce secretary explains

how immigration reform benefits the industry.

Picking for keeps: Cobden farm provides jobs for

immigrant colony

 

Unions divided over guest-worker program

 

May 8, 2006
Migrant parents in U.S. pay to have children smuggled in
Tighter border security leads to desperate acts


Surprising allies on immigration

 

Jobs are there for immigrant workers
Employers want ID, but no questions asked

 

May 7, 2006
Editorial
To honor Chavez, consider a range of

ideas in Valley
 

Following footsteps of Cesar Chavez

 

Farmworker group fights McDonald's

 

Border Arrests Rise as U.S. Debates Immigration Issue

 

A LEGACY OF THE UNFORESEEN
Immigration reform: U.S. policies aimed at

controlling the flow of newcomers historically

have led to unexpected consequences

 

Immigration reform called unlikely in '06
Congress members say there is too much

distance between House, Senate views to

find common ground this year

 

A model home for low-income families
 

May 5, 2006
Mexico leftist to push US on immigration reform

 

For Bush, it's `Cuatro de Mayo'
President Bush celebrated the Mexican holiday

one day early amid contentious division over

immigration reform.

 

Millions made on counterfeit documents

 

Anti-immigrant bloc lacks coordination
Movement has no nationwide group to lobby Congress


May 4, 2006

Immigrant waiting for the White House, Congress

 

Likely voters prefer enforcement, new poll says
Survey offers different views from other recent

studies, reflecting volatility of issues

 

Lawmakers pass legislation to protect foreign workers
 

May 3, 2006

After rallies, a quest for unity
"We need to harness this power," an

mmigration advocate said. But others

raised fears.

 

May 2, 2006

Boycott Gives Voice To Illegal Workers
The Day's Impact On Economy Unclear

 

'Sleeping giant' awakes

 

Arcadia migrants sympathetic, but loss

of a day's wages pains them

 

Marchers span life's spectrum

 

Immigrants send a resounding call
In the Philadelphia area, protests draw

thousands. Many employers feel the pinch.

 

At least 20,000 rally in Orlando
Supporters of immigrant rights fill streets

 

Immigrants Take to U.S. Streets in Show of Strength

 

THOUSANDS RALLY FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
County demonstrations empty schools, stores, fields


Orlando Rally Draws Thousands

 

Next: Converting the Energy of Protest to Political Clout

 

Immigrants, supporters seize day with protests

 

Immigrants rally

 

To work or not to work
With many employees out for the day, some closed

their doors, but others stayed opened

 

House passes affordable housing measures
$637M package includes money for farmworker

housing, hurricane recovery, teacher assistance
 

Growers, field workers march together
AG INDUSTRY TOOK STEPS TO ALLOW PROTESTERS TO JOIN MARCHES

 

May 1, 2006
Immigration rallies planned across U.S.
Climate less volatile in region, some say

 

Protest strike's focus blurs
A state immigrant group calls for

"A Day of Respect" amid uncertainty

about a work stoppage's effect.

 

Impact of protests might be without precedent
Planned demonstrations could have dramatic

impact on economy, some say

 

Orlando readies for immigrant march
Thousands expected to rally today at noon

 

Migrant farmworkers stand to benefit from legislation
Bill detailing the use of seat belts and pesticides

probably will pass.

Voices mixed on boycott, protest

Immigration Bill Lobbying Focuses on House Leaders
With Senate in Hand, Bush May Face a Skeptical GOP Base

 

Impact of protests might be without precedent
Planned demonstrations could have dramatic impact on

economy, some say