Here’s an in-depth look at comprehensive immigration reform, and where it stands in the new, post-election political landscape. Essential reading if you follow this issue.
Nursery operators have long been strong backers of comprehensive immigration reform. Now, it appears that the president and members of both houses of Congress are getting on board as well. Democrats and Republicans alike have taken note of the Nov. 6 election results, in which Latinos strongly favored Democractic candidates in most districts, and boosted […]
This well-written story by Aaron Mesh of Willamette Week takes you inside a helicopter Christmas tree harvest at Yule Tree Farms, and shows you the economic and social impact of this home-grown Oregon industry.
In this Wall Street Journal video, Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA takes a look at Arizona v. United States could mean — not just the predicted outcome, but future workforce needs and how a court ruling could affect them.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will take up the issue of state-based immigration enforcement in 2012, setting up a major showdown over the future course of U.S. immigration policy. The justices will hear arguments, pro and con, over the constitutionality of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, but the case is likely to […]
The New York Times reports that several Alabama legislators and officials are having second thoughts about the state’s controversial immigration law. Some are calling for tweaks, while others are asking for outright changes. The law remains popular among residents, so it’s not likely that it will be repealed entirely, in spite of the reported impacts. […]
Voters in his Phoenix-area district have recalled Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa, Ariz.), the Arizona senate president who wrote and successfully passed Senate Bill 1070. The state law made unauthorized immigration a criminal offense at the state level, allowing police to stop people suspected of being an illegal immigrant, and demand proof of their legal status. […]
U.S. immigration officials announced Tuesday that during the year ending Sept. 30, they deported a record number of individuals — nearly 400,000 of them. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, enforcement efforts concentrated on sending criminal offenders back to their home countries. Some 55 percent of the deportees were criminals convicted of misdemeanors or felonies. […]
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee this week recommended, on a 22-13 vote, that House Bill 2285 (full text) be advanced to the House floor. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and 41 other representatives (but none from the Northwest), would require that all U.S. employers use the E-Verify system to check worker eligibility. […]
The Pacific Northwest will play host to a regional and national summit on immigration reform next Thursday, Aug. 12. As co-chairman of the Coalition for a Working Oregon, OAN Director of Government Relations Jeff Stone will moderate the first segment of the summit on the topic “The State of Play: How Things Stand in Washington, […]