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May 31, 2007
UFW says AgJobs could legalize 100,000 undocumented farmworkers on Central Coast
 

Farmers react to immigration overhaul

 

Women inmates start working in farm fields

 

Farm-labor plan divides workers' advocates
The United Farm Workers and activists disagree about whether it will improve conditions in the field.

 

May 30, 2007
A migrant worker's dream comes true
When Monitor readers first met Michelle Castillo in 2001, the 16-year-old was working at a farm in Illinois. Now she is about to enter a new field: education.

 

How many peppers can Prime Time pick?
Tour of farm fields enlightens guests on valley industry

 

Bush: Don't kill immigration reform

 

Helping farmworkers clean up

 

He walked for miles in their shoes
Migrant worker turned TPD officer knows just what to say

 

Debate Could Turn on a 7-Letter Word
Calling Proposal an 'Amnesty' Rouses Foes, Confounds Backers

 

Labor Won't Embrace Immigrants

 

Immigration 'vital mission,' Bush asserts in Georgia

 

Bush assails critics of immigration bill
Opponents haven't read the legislation and are engaging in 'empty political rhetoric,' the president says.

 

Bush Takes On Conservatives Over Immigration
 

May 29, 2007 
Mayor Assails Bill in Congress on Immigration

 

Immigration screening could snag too many workers
A system to verify the legality of every employee within 3 years -- key to the Senate's measure -- is controversial.

 

Senators unhappy with immigration plan
 

Businesses debate immigration compromise

 

Immigration-law challenges remain from 1986
Berta Olivares' lucky break came in 1986.

 

FLOC Expects Mexican Police Report on Santiago Rafael Cruz's Murder

 

Radical change expected on both sides
Guest worker program at center of conflict over latest immigration reforms


Minority caucuses question alien bill

 

Labor beef dragging on at Krug
ALRB expected to weigh in on dispute between winery, UFW

 

May 28, 2007
Gutierrez: Undo guest-worker change

 

Republican Skeptic Says Compromise Possible on Immigration Bill
 

Changes to immigration bill possible
Republican senators on opposite sides say they are ready to negotiate.

 

Even in recess, debate continues

 

Mexican Police Hold Suspect in Killing

 

Law reunited immigrant clan; bill would change it

 

Ripe for immigration reform

 

Immigration positions shift
Many Republican presidential candidates keep their distance from legislation that might be viewed as sympathetic to illegal immigrants.

 

May 27, 2007
Why Californians have huge stake in outcome of immigration bill
JOB SKILLS, FAMILY UNITY CONFLICT

 

Recruiters Corrupt Guestworker Program

 

Mexico wary of immigration reform in U.S.
After yearslong wait for deal with Bush, observers fear that migrants will be worse off

 

Immigration reform creates unusual alliances

 

Many Employers See Flaws as Immigration Bill Evolves

 

Housing for farm workers

 

Republican Kyl's immigration stance splits Arizona

 

May 26, 2007
Meatpacking industry backs immigration bill

 

Why Guest Worker Programs Don't Work

 

ICE AGENTS CAME FOR ONE ILLEGAL, BUT FOUND MANY

 

Program helps children of migrants succeed
Day at Hartnell introduces them to life beyond high school

 

Supporters of immigration bill guardedly optimistic

 

Mexico detains 3 in FLOC activist's killing
Union, lawyers believe case 'fabricated'

 

May 25, 2007 

The Senate yesterday approved a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, beating back an attempt to remove it from the "grand bargain" immigration bill.

 

Video lures farm labor in West to Washington

 

Divisive Immigration Measure on Hold

 

Farmworkers' deal with restaurant owners may wither on the vine

 

Immigration Measure Survives First Week; Backers Are Optimistic

 

Fury grows over US immigration bill

 

Proponents stave off challenges to immigration bill

 

Freeze Curtails Migrant Education Funding

 

Immigration plan survives Senate challenges

 

Amendments to dilute immigration bill are defeated
The legislation appears likely to pass the Senate. Bush rebukes GOP critics of the bill.

 

Tomato growers reject McDonald's extra penny offer

 

Senate Votes to Keep Plan to Make Immigrants Legal

 

Immigration Bill Provisions Gain Wide Support in Poll

 

Senators hold off key challenges to immigration bill
They narrowly defeat an amendment to phase out a guest worker plan and endorse legalization plan.

 

Growers group balks at pay deals
Agreements to pay field workers more may violate antitrust and other laws, a tomato cooperative says.


Salazar defends immigration overhaul plan

 

Kennedy fights for fragile immigration deal

 

FARM RAID IN GRANBY NETS 21 SUSPECTED ILLEGALS
 

Senators battle for immigration pact

 

Ex-con jailed in April killing of farm labor organizer

 

Bush touts immigration overhaul

 

Some South Florida employers find fault with immigration plan

 

May 24, 2007 
Chambliss, Isakson push immigration reform

 

Graft Mars the Recruitment of Mexican Guest Workers

 

No. 2 Senate Republican Calls
for Passage of Immigration Bill

 

Immigrant group goes door-to-door for petition

 

Chertoff says immigration bill "bows to reality"

 

Chertoff to immigration bill's critics: Get real

 

Senate Scales Down Proposed Guest-Worker Program
 

Lott urges Bush to wield veto threat

 

12 senators work to decide fate of immigration deal

 

Senate slashes guest worker program

 

Senators alter migrant bill
Drafters warn that too much tweaking will doom divisive measure

 

Senate votes to slash guest-worker program

 

Testimony of Jonathan P. Hiatt Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and

International Law
 

May 23, 2007
Senate retains guest-worker program in 'bargain'

 

Immigrant bill could hurt employers more than help

 

Immigration debate continues in Senate
Bipartisan measure focuses on border security, temporary worker program

 

Worker program remains in bill

 

Guest worker program survives Senate vote
Despite critics, lawmakers keep major facet of immigration deal

 

Guest-worker program dodges its first bullet

 

Guest worker program survives
A bid by Democrats to throw out a key part of the Senate immigration overhaul is defeated. More fights are brewing.

 

County signs off on plan to repay farmworker camp renovation debt
 

Senate Votes to Keep Temporary Worker Program

 

Senate defeats guest worker repeal
Opponents tried to drop the program from an immigration overhaul bill.

 

Debate pits immigrants against U.S. workers
Pro-union Dems clash in Senate over whose needs prevail

 

Proposal For Guest Workers Survives

 

Farmers: Pickings slim for field hands

And hard-working Americans hard to find

 

May 22, 2007
Senate vote clears way for battle on immigration

 

Immigration Compromise Faces New Opposition
Proposal Stays Alive, But Foes Lie in Wait

 

Senate to open illegals debate

 

Senate leaders delay immigration action
A final vote was put off until June as the bipartisan compromise faces major obstacles. Both plan supporters and critics span the political spectrum.


Immigration plan moves ahead after Senate vote
Debate begins as lawmakers are split on this decision


Immigration Overhaul Sponsors Urge Rejection of `Poison Pills'

 

Immigration on docket
Senate agrees to give reform bill a close look

 

Debate is on; vote is put off
Action at least three weeks away; barrage of amendments expected


Immigration bill clears first hurdle; Senate begins debate

 

Critics in Senate Vow to Alter Immigration Bill

 

Raleigh bishop backs bill
Burbidge urges Catholics to push for immigration reform

 

May 21, 2007
Farmers push immigration reform
Legislation would help workers gain residency after working a certain number of hours

 

Cabinet secretaries defend immigration deal

Immigration Proposal Draws Mixed Reaction

 

May 20, 2007

Illegal Migrants Dissect Details of Senate Deal

 

May 19, 2007

Cautious reactions to new immigration plan locally

 

Kennedy urges support for immigration bill

 

Judge rules Ag-Mart responsible for substandard worker housing

 

Yum! Brands expanding deal with Florida farmworkers

 

Hispanics concerned about immigration plan
Community waiting for more information about deal to emerge

 

White House, legislators push immigration bill
Complex measure could see tweaks

 

Bush Says Immigration Bill Is `Comprehensive,' and Not Amnesty
 

Immigration plan attacked on all fronts

 

Agriculture firms study immigration proposal
A union that represents farmworkers opposes the guest-worker provision in the plan the Senate will debate.

 

Revised AgJobs heads for debate
Guest-worker plan for agriculture has been years in the making.

 

Account disputed in death of worker
Labor contractor denies report from UFW organizer.

Weld farmers: Immigration reform bill could help

Immigration Agreement Could Boost Economy
 

Fees, return home worry immigrants

 

Reaction to Senate bill fierce

 

Immigration-reform bill gains support Construction and agriculture officials are 'cautiously optimistic' that laborers would be treated fairly.

Melting knot
Three views of the immigration issue in America

 

Immigration bill would have big impact
If the Senate's compromise passes, it could have implications in North Carolina for everything from food prices to the cost of new homes

 

Flak from both sides greets compromise immigration bill

 

Workers find fault with compromise
 

Immigrant Legislation Splits GOP
Right Lashes Out At Bush and Senate Over Compromise
 

Finally Heard: N.C. farmers lobbied hard

Immigrants greet plan with concern, confusion

 

May 18, 2007

Some see promise, others catastrophe in immigration overhaul plan
Fight now focusing on new criteria for permanent residency

 

Angling On Border Deal Already Starting

 

Grower's housing for migrant workers illegal, judge rules

 

Immigrant supporters skeptical of plan, concede it provides hope

 

Immigration bill faces a wall of opposition
Attacks from left and right suggest that the latest push for change, although representing a potential breakthrough, could again end in a stalemate.

 

Immigration deal gives citizenship hope to thousands of S. Floridians

 

Farmworker shortages addressed
Farmworker shortages that have left tons of fruits and vegetables unplanted or unpicked would be relieved under the proposed immigration deal.

 

Farm workers would get special treatment

 

Senators strike immigration deal
In North Carolina, thousands of illegal workers could become legal, and the impact of the bill is heavily debated in the state

 

Immigration deal hailed for farmers

 

Senators in Bipartisan Deal on Immigration Bill
 

State looks into working conditions of deceased farmworker
 

May 17, 2007

White House backs off alien safeguards

 

Democrats, Republicans seek immigration deal
DEBATE IN SENATE POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK

 

Senate still locked on immigration

 

Iowan follows immigrant to border
His fiancee, a former Swift & Co. worker, chooses to return to Mexico over spending more time in jail.

 

Tougher line on enforcemen

 

Unlicensed contractor faces civil penalties in Idaho

 

DEAL NEAR ON ALIEN CITIZENS

 

‘Historic' Immigration Deal Would Alter Visa Allocati

 

Farmers descend on D.C. to push immigration reform
 

CNY farmers push immigration bill
Apple growers and others say they need foreign workers to bring in crop.

 

State farmers lobby for visa changes
 

Immigration Overhaul Is Closer to Senate Floor
Proposal Would Offer Route to Legal Status, Shift Preferences to Skilled Workers

 

Ag-Mart faces fine for housing violations
 

May 16, 2007
Major Shift in U.S. Immigration Policy Possible

 

Feinstein, growers push for farm jobs clause in immigration bill

 

Time running out to strike immigration reform deal
Sen. Mel Martinez remains optimistic about his package, but differences persist before today’s initial vote

 

Senate Immigration Agreement Closer as Negotiations Continue

 

Deal for reform proves a struggle
Negotiators reach agreement on some tough issues but are far apart on others. A vote on a bill is delayed until Monday.

 

Labor shortage hindering harvest
Advocates blame raids, call immigration system broken

 

Farmers push to join guest-worker immigration bill

 

Senate negotiators unable to reach immigration deal
Stalemate could force a vote to take up legislation from last year

 

Labor pains: Farm operators face challenges bringing more migrant workers to Conesville to detassle corn
 

'A lack of controls'
Audit finds major flaws at troubled housing authority

 

Senators Report Progress on a Complicated Bill on Immigration

 

Lawmakers Close in on Immigration Overhaul
 

Bush, Kennedy join forces on immigration

 

Latino Groups Play Key Role on Hill
Virtual Veto Power in Immigration Debate

Immigrant Arrests Prompt Worker Debate

May 15, 2007
Ag company, UFW sign $95 million contract

 

Conference told more immigrants employed on Wisconsin farms

 

Labor pool short for grape harvest

 

Businesses lobbying for brain, brawn
 

May 14, 2007
No immigration bill? Senate debates anyway
Lawmakers expect a vote, agreement or not.

 

Ag leaders lobby for immigration reform

 

Workers arrested at Thumb-area dairy farm deported to Mexico

 

Hygienist helps farm workers get dental care

 

Ag union fights secret ballots
UFW now says process allows worker intimidation.

 

May 13, 2007
Mother of 11 With a Cause

 

A law without enforcement

 

Bush urges action on immigration bill
President hopeful bipartisan talks will bring reform


Migrant advocates seek alternative resolutions

 

Immigration change back on Senate agenda
As senators prepare to try yet again to overhaul immigration laws, negotiators haggle to craft a compromise bill acceptable to the House and the president.

 

Immigration Gyrations
Capitol Hill gears up for another raucous debate over reform

 

May 12, 2007
Senate set to debate immigration complexities

 

Visa plan troubles activists
Guest-worker proposal emphasizes job skills

 

Woodland school hears Chávez tales: Brother of

farmworker leader shares stories

 

Impact of Swift raid still being felt


May 11, 2007
Senate Democrats frustrated with immigration talks

 

Immigration Issue Gridlocked, Representatives Say

 

Lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on immigration
 

May 10, 2007

U.N. expert: Fla. migrants' tales 'worse' than expected

Immigration blossoms into issue

Immigration deal likely in jeopardy

Bush urged to step in as clock ticks

 

Reid Forces New Senate Debate on Immigration

He Would Revisit 2006, But GOP Is Warier Now

US Immigration Overhaul May Hit Farms

Senators stalled on immigration

Democratic leader plans to open debate on a policy overhaul on Monday.

 

Democrats push for debate on immigration ideas

Kyl to Dems: Don't dig in heels over immigration

Senate Dems start push for immigration reform

Sen. Kyl guiding reforms

GOP stalwart helping to craft bipartisan bill

 

May 9, 2007
Farmworker Justice Praises Rep. Baca's Leadership on Farm Bill

'Bargain' aims to deal with border, then guest workers

Ag-Mart denies charges; Despite setbacks, state isn't giving up on pesticide case


May 8, 2007
Incumbent challenged over immigration 
 

Christians eye immigration reform

 

Farms fear worker shortfall
Crackdown on immigration has many growers worried about short harvest season

 

A plan to pay for farmworker overruns
To end funding fiasco, cities, county share costs, rely on grants from state, vintners

 

New Coalition of Christians Seeks Changes at Borders

 

Corruption Leads to Deep Debt for Guest Workers

 

May 7, 2007
Study: County has nearly 7,000 farmworkers 
 

Church celebrates win by migrant workers
Tomato pickers' conditions improve with agreement

 

May 6, 2007
Housing back for migrant workers
More occupants expected

 

In an onion field, two lives intersect
One is a U.S. college student whose parents left behind the rice paddies of Laos. The other is a Mexican migrant who toils in Georgia's fields. Their encounter exposes two sides of the U.S. immigration experience.

 

Next up: immigration solution
PROSPECTS SEEM NO BETTER WITH NEW CONGRESS

 

May 5, 2007
Calderon the toastof Cinco de Mayo

 

Reforms may bring change to migrants' school funding
Bush concerned by flaws, possible fraud in states that get money.

 

A day of remembrance
For these farmworkers in the field, Cinco de Mayo is much more

than a day of festivities.
 

May 4, 2007
Senators push immigration talks
Clock is ticking as majority leader intends to bring bill to floor by May 14.

 

Mexican migrants' union demands action after murder
 

Some Demos consider floating own immigration plan
 

May 3, 2007
Growers want immigration reform to guarantee legal workers

 

Colo. coalition seeks changes in work visas
Builders, landscapers and hotels want to see immigration reform include visa adjustments.

 

Senators push immigration talks
Clock is ticking as majority leader intends to bring bill to floor by May 14.

 

Murder of union organizer alarms workers, activists
 

May 2, 2007
Hundreds carry the rally cry
Immokalee workers join others from across the nation in support of immigration reform

 

100 march to plaza to call for immigration reform
Workers, a few students, seek action in Congress

 

Immigrants, supporters raise voices for legalization
They stage a rally at Lake Eola Park as part of a national effort to bring about change.

 

Rallying for immigration reform

 

Protesters urge Congress to offer residency to illegal immigrants

 

March draws fewer people
Debate must continue, participants say

 

May 1, 2007
Immigration rally seeks to spark change


Many firms closing for Latino march
Government urged to cut back on raids


Rally today in SLC aims at immigration reform

 

Immigrant march today at 2 p.m. in Immokalee
Last year's march in Fort Myers drew about 75,000 people

 

Rallies to mark immigration protests of '06

 

Rally highlights immigrants

 


 

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