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September 30, 2006
Community rallies to help mom
 

Marlboro orchard harassed Jamaican workers, feds say
 

Congress OKs 700 miles of fence on border

 

Idaho Migrant Council celebrates birthday
Hispanic support agency changes name to Community

Council of Idaho to reflect changing mission; former director

wonders if core mission will be neglected

 

Border Barrier Approved
The bill, which calls for 700 miles of fence and beefed-up enforcement,

easily clears the Senate. It does not include a guest worker program.


Senate Passes Bill on Building Border Fence

 

California senators thwarted in push for farmworkers

 

Labor costs, rainfall sour sweet potato harvest

 

A plea to save state's farmers
Feinstein, Boxer say migrant labor scarce, fruit rots in the field

 

September 29, 2006
Border fence bill may race the clock
Senate near action, but issue would go back to House and

might not pass before elections.


Senate poised to approve fence along Mexico border

 

Border Bill Takes a Detour
The Senate moves to vote on a 700-mile fence, but a

farmworker program is now at issue.

 

Farmworkers get their day in the legal sun
 

Senate Moves Toward Action on Border Fence

 

September 28, 2006
Editorial
Immigration reform shouldn't be held captive by politics


Senators' offices warm, cold to immigrant activists

 

September 27, 2006
States, Counties Begin to Enforce Immigration Law

 

Add-ons blocked from defense bill

 

Clergy push for broad immigration bill
Orange's Bishop Soto speaks out on Capitol Hill.

 

Border fence still roils GOP in House, Senate
Those seeking ways to legalize migrants say battle not over

 

Mexicans Hire Bush Advisor to stop US Immigration Reforms

 

Armey slams conservatives on guest worker plan

 

Lack Of Immigration Fixes Threatens Oregon Farmers

 

Woman needs dialysis, lacks funds
The illegal immigrant could die soon if she misses treatment

 

September 26, 2006
Speaker threatens to halt defense bill, demanding action

on immigration, court security


'Battle at the border'
Star Investigation: Along with tougher enforcement has come

a spike in assaults on border agents, indicating smugglers are

becoming more desperate

 

Ground blessing set for housing project
* A $23 million migrant housing project gets a ground blessing on Oct. 28.


Immigration Setback for GOP
A House-Senate panel refuses to add several controversial measures

to a Homeland Security funding bill.


Lots of talk, little action
Solutions elusive: Staunch views, unwavering principles at the line

and across the nation have politicians at a stalemate about how to

seal the border


Cultures divided by walls

 

Town, church decide sanctity trumps security

 

Fears Hinder Trafficking Law

 

Washington fruit growers hungry for more workers
Harvest losses - Farmers say border crackdowns have slowed

the flow of Mexican laborers to pick crops

 

September 25, 2006

Farm industry pushes Congress on immigrants
PLAN TO DOCUMENT MIGRANT WORKERS COULD HELP SHORTAGE

 

Questions remain on cost of border bills

 

Vote nears on 700-mile border fence
The Senate this week takes up a bill that would erect a security

fence along one-third of the US-Mexico border.
 

Former migrants take root
Hispanic residents stabilize populations, fuel business growth in small,

Downstate town
 

Deseret Morning News editorial
Immigration reform a must


Border Bills Come Down to Last Minute
There is bipartisan resistance to the House legislation before the Senate.

Much of it may die as Congress prepares for a recess in a week.


Safety-net clinic grows to catch more
Health - A center gets $600,000 to aid migrant workers and the uninsured

 

September 24, 2006
Farmworkers' glove campaign seeks path to citizenship
 

House rehashes immigration, border security bill
Lawmakers work to pass controversial legislation in smaller pieces

 

Migrant worker health clinic about to reopen

 

House GOP gains on border issues
 

Brothel operators get prison
A Central Florida group lured laborers to a Davenport home.

 

Welcome guests
Migrant workers fill indispensible farming roles

 

Homeland Security Bill Is More Style Than Substance, Analysts Say

 

Migrants' dry season
Crops falter as gas, immigration woes shrink workforce

 

September 23, 2006
New focus on field sanitation
E. coli contamination puts spotlight on outdoor facilities

 

Safety program reaches out to migrants

 

Farm spraying illnesses probed
Workers exposed to 'extremely toxic' chemical

urged to take urine tests.
 

September 22, 2006
Pickers Are Few, and Growers Blame Congress


Spray sickens farm crew
Potent pesticide sends dozens to hospital

 

September 21, 2006
House to Tackle Border Security Measures
 

Congress Resumes Immigration Efforts

 

Piecemeal immigration plan futile, panel says

 

House passes plan for photo IDs

 

GOP Advances Enforcement-First Approach for Border
The Senate will consider a 700-mile fence, and the House OKs

a measure on photo IDs for voters.

 

FARM CULTIVATES HARVEST OF HOPE

 

G.O.P. in Senate Narrows Immigration Focus to 700-Mile Fence

 

September 20, 2006
Border Fence Must Skirt Objections From Arizona Tribe
 

Border-fence bill moves to Senate floor
Lawmakers want to add provision to help agriculture companies get workers

 

Immigration hassle: Lots of apples, slim crew of pickers

 

Ag-Mart workers land in poor housing
Ag-Mart workers land in crowded, squalid housing

 

Border fence bill to move forward
Dems signal they won't block vote

 

Guest-worker programs: Unhappy history haunts new plan

 

September 19, 2006
The sweet fruit of all his labors
Phil Glaize doesn’t just grow apples — he’s an advocate for

an entire industry

 

Hudson pair face deportation
Couple transported, employed illegals for work on farms


Spinach scare hits Salinas Valley hard
Crops being plowed under; some workers already being laid off

 

Farmworker smugglers to be deported

 

Low-paid illegal work force has little impact on prices

 

Frist calls for vote on border fence
Senate majority leader agrees with House GOP that security come first.

 

As harvest nears, farmers face labor shortage

 

Migrant Clinic works to reopen

 

Virginia Garcia expands with grant
 

September 18, 2006
Finding Harvesters
Facing tight labor market, immigration policies, worried

Coachella Valley growers watch crops ripen
 
Immigration Reform Efforts Reinvigorate Support for

Guest Worker Program
Immigration reform efforts have renewed support for a

simplified guest worker program.

 

As U.S. debates guest workers, they are here now

 

Mexican immigrants who don't speak Spanish growing in number

 

University of Washington awarded $6.8 million to improve workplace

health and safety in agriculture

 

September 17, 2006

Company officials are targeted in fight against illegal hiring

 

Injured illegal workers often left with nothing
He came for the American Dream and found an American nightmare


No rush to claim cash for ER bills
Hospitals cite ethics, red tape as obstacles

 

September 16, 2006 
Farmworkers learn about health options
Conference puts spotlight on Valley resources

 

Editorial
Time for ag labor reform


Bush unsure of immigration timetable
President says he doesn't know when Congress will pick up issue

 

September 15, 2006
Watsonville mushroom plant worker electrocuted in what

police say is 'tragic accident'


Idaho potato farmers looking for labor while squeezed by

immigration reform debate

 

House again votes to build 730 miles of fence along the border

 

Rural Legal Assistance under investigation

 

Republicans rally around border wall

 

Fencing leads border security plans

 

House Votes to Boost Border Security;

Broader Immigration Issues Remain
 

September 14, 2006
House GOP tries again for fence along U.S.-Mexico border


House Republicans Will Push for 700 Miles of Fencing on Mexico Border

Migrant Workers Part of Economy But at Risk For Abuse
Some officials say landlords ignore housing regulations,

charge higher rent when it comes to renting to migrant workers.

 

Legal matters

 

Local migrant education gets funding boost

 

Chipotle Targeted By Labor Coalition
The group initiated a successful campaign against Taco Bell.


Farmers face labor shortage

 

GOP seeks border fencing
Lawmakers planning series of immigration bills before Election Day.

 

Church leaders speak out against immigration sweeps
Arrests, deportations in Santa Cruz area part of national drive

 
On Eve of a Vote, GOP on Both Sides of Fence

 

September 13, 2006
Migrant reform: 9/11's role debated

 

GOP reaffirms a tough stand on immigration
House Republicans again rejected Senate pairing of border

security with a guest-worker program.
 

House GOP says border protection measures on way

 

Immigration issue revived
Republicans aim for legislation to tighten borders

 

Progress seen in border security
GOP legislative leaders hold forum to emphasize enforcement first.

 

Deaths in van capped brief, bleak quests for better lives

 

Farm Worker’s Clinic closes its doors

 

High-anxiety grape season
Late crops, so-so yields and possibility of farmworker

shortage has vintners on edge
 

September 11, 2006
IMMIGRATION PUSH SEEING NEW LIFE
 
Farmers say harvest raids are badly timed
Lack of migrant workers hurts at picking time

 

September 10, 2006
Latino Activists Put Faith in Ballots
As immigration rights leaders assess gains and losses since

rallies last spring, they turn their focus to the recruitment of

1 million new voters.
 

Crowd marches in solidarity for migrant rights

 

Both sides of immigration issue make their voices heard

 

The fuss over farm labor
Florida farmers and farmworker advocates worry about

a chronic shortage of laborers if Congress fails to pass

legislation legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants

 

Farmers scurry to recruit workers
Growers blame immigration-law impasse and tight border controls,

but other factors may play role

 

September 9, 2006
Farms' harvest: lack of workers
Growers claiming new immigration laws root cause


Photographer lured to teeming fields
Book project takes root among migrant workers who

return to Ohio farm

 

Frist Stresses GOP's Immigration Efforts
He Admits Legislation Is Dead for Now and Focuses on

Successes in Funding
 

Necessary workers
Mexican migrants fill gap in the workforce on southwest

Montana farms, ranches

 

Day laborers stand idle
Disconnect blamed on poor communication from growers, r

efusal of jobless to accept low wages
 

September 8, 2006
Immigration rally falls short

 

House tackles border, not reform
The House GOP leadership stuck to its guns on a strong border

enforcement bill, likely dooming any hopes this year for

comprehensive immigration legislation.

 

No More Deaths
Migrant-aid group celebrates legal win


Immigration Overhaul Takes a Back Seat as Campaign Season Begins

 

As Congress stalls on immigration, a backlash brews

 

House GOP Makes Border Security Its Priority
Plans for a hearing next week indicate that work on a larger immigration

overhaul will have to wait until after midterm elections in November.
 

400 protest bill on immigration
 

September 7, 2006
No pickers for pear bounty
GREAT YEAR GONE BAD


Worker shortage

 

September 6, 2006
Judge clears two immigrant helpers
 

Impassioned immigration forum focuses on families

 

A harvest of doubt for farmers
As investigators grow more aggressive in policing migrant

work force for illegal aliens, some fear their crops may wither in the fields

 

House Republicans Defy Bush on Immigration Ahead of Election


The arduous road to a guest worker program
Emotions running high, political will running low; must be another

immigration reform debate.
 

September 5, 2006
Protesters In Tampa Call For Immigration Reform

 

Few at immigration rally
Demonstrators significantly short of 10,000 organizers had hoped for


Experts say exodus of illegal immigrants could stagger economy

 

Pro-migrant rallies fail to bolster voting rolls
Registration drives prove difficult without funds from major parties.

 

Farmers feel targeted by overrides of inspections


Immigration crackdown impacts farmers
Farms that rely on migrant workers find it tough going this season

 

Immigration a hot topic as lawmakers return

 

September 4, 2006
Laborers' numbers worry farmers
Slim pickings: There's worry in the fields as the influx of necessary

laborers slows to a trickle


Ag workers take a step up to better pay and benefits
A job in construction is first; next rung may be their own business


East Naples day-care center survives scare, stays open
The newly rechristened RCMA Youth Haven Child Development

Center will serve 60 children daily ranging from infants to 5-year-olds.
 

Some ID Theft Is Not for Profit, but to Get a Job

 

Spreading the word to female farmworkers
A group teaches women about their rights in the fields

 

September 3, 2006
Hired Hands: Breaching the border
Thousands start the perilous trek with offers in hand from U.S. employers.

 

Training protects workers in field

 

Humane Borders: It's about saving lives

 

A Labored Solution

 

Life of Hard Labor: Utah's 'Invisible' Work Force
A SPECIAL REPORT: Most of the state's farmworkers earn low

wages and receive no health benefits, and many will be in

the fields Monday.
 

The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman

 

September 2, 2006
Immigration controls cause worker shortage
Farmers at a loss for laborers

 

Farm Labor Bill Spreads Seeds of Dissent
The contentious legislation would require contractors to include

growers' names and addresses on farmworkers' pay stubs.

 

South Korean immigrant gets more than $10,000 from UFW fund


Growers, camp prepare for migrant workers to arrive
Smaller apple crop doesn’t necessarily signal fewer helpers

 

September 1, 2006
Migrants' exploiters to be sentenced today
The Hudson couple have pleaded guilty to holding illegal laborers

in a camp and skimming their pay.

 

Why this immigrant rights march is brought to you by Miller