Undocumented Workers. Legal news and articles for February 16 - 19, 2012

Group mobilizing people to protest Brownback, KobachUndocumented workers protest their firings from Pacific Steel CastingThomas Elias: Why should immigration status affect a transplant?Court order spotlights new, divisive immigration policySupporters of fired undocumented workers hold 'March for Dignity'Pacific Steel workers protest ICE raidsPostville's Wounds Re-openedUtah Senate Panel Tables Guest Worker RepealDemian Bichir Hopes 'Better Life' Leads To Oscar WinImmigration is a Moral Barometer2 OFWs nabbed in China for overstayingHolding Immigrants HostageBill to Repeal 2011 Guest-Worker Law Defeated in CommitteeAtlanta Fed: Illegal Workers Give Firms an EdgeAmid protests, Kobach pushes immigration laws

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Oscar nominee Demian Bichir speaks for millions of undocumented immigrants like me
Entertainment Weekly (blog)February 9, 2012

In an awards season that has lauded The Help, about black maids and the white families they serve in 1960s Mississippi, Bichir represents the help — gardeners, farmhands, and other undocumented workers — at the mercy of present-day laws in Georgia ...more »

Republicans Target Tax Credits for Undocumented Immigrants
Fox NewsFebruary 9, 2012

Republicans are looking to deny illegal immigrants the child tax credit, and refund checks as one way to help pay for extending the Social Security tax cut another 10 months. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Some ...more »

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Group mobilizing people to protest Brownback, Kobach
Lawrence Journal WorldFebruary 19, 2012

The group criticized Kobach for his work nationally on cracking down on illegal immigrants and in Kansas for pushing through a law that requires photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship for new voter registrations. “We want a secretary of state that ...more »

Undocumented workers protest their firings from Pacific Steel Casting
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 18, 2012

Late last year, Pacific Steel Casting, the country's fourth largest steel foundry, fired 200 workers. The reason: Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a workplace audit on the company, and could not verify that they could legally work in the ...more »

Thomas Elias: Why should immigration status affect a transplant?
Appeal-DemocratFebruary 18, 2012

Let's make one thing clear: Even if Jesus Navarro doesn't get the kidney transplant he was about to receive when doctors at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center discovered his undocumented immigration status last month, ...more »

Court order spotlights new, divisive immigration policy
U-T San DiegoFebruary 18, 2012

An appellate court order requesting the federal government to reveal if it will grant a reprieve to seven undocumented immigrants facing deportation has highlighted a controversial program that sets aside low-priority deportation cases.more »

Supporters of fired undocumented workers hold 'March for Dignity'
Daily CalifornianFebruary 18, 2012

By Charlie Smith Supporters of the 200 undocumented workers fired from Pacific Steel Casting Company held a “March for Dignity” Friday, expressing their frustrations, demands for immigration reform and a commitment to continue fighting.more »

Pacific Steel workers protest ICE raids
KGO-TVFebruary 17, 2012

(KGO) -- About 300 workers at the Pacific Steel Casting plant are marching Friday to protest a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The irony for workers is that Berkeley is known as a "sanctuary city" that says undocumented workers do ...more »

Postville's Wounds Re-opened
Yeshiva World NewsFebruary 17, 2012

Never before—or since—were illegal immigrants in this country arrested and fast-tracked to jail en masse simply for being undocumented. A congressional investigation into allegations of due process violations sought to identify who was responsible.more »

Utah Senate Panel Tables Guest Worker Repeal
KCSGFebruary 17, 2012

... would invite an influx of illegal immigrants to Utah and would put employers who hire undocumented workers in conflict with federal law, the Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to table it.more »

Demian Bichir Hopes 'Better Life' Leads To Oscar Win
NPRFebruary 17, 2012

In his Oscar-nominated role in A Better Life, he plays an undocumented worker scraping by as a gardener in Los Angeles. A single father, he lives in fear of being deported and losing his son to gang life. The Academy Award for Best Actor has one ...more »

Immigration is a Moral Barometer
City WatchFebruary 17, 2012

URBAN PERSPECTIVE - Amnesty or deportation is the question for immigration reform. Are people right or wrong when they say illegal immigrants are imposing on our government support systems or contributing to the rise in poverty, homelessness, ...more »

2 OFWs nabbed in China for overstaying
Philippine StarFebruary 17, 2012

Migrante said it continuously gets request for assistance from undocumented OFWs in China amid the sporadic crackdown on overstayers and undocumented workers. The group's regional coordinator John Monterona said they have already monitored about 100 ...more »

Holding Immigrants Hostage
Huffington PostFebruary 16, 2012

DeMell: With the election coming up, the administration is finally taking some action in favor of undocumented immigrants. Up to now, the trend was for hyper-enforcement of the immigration laws: Deportations are now at an all time high, and denials of ...more »

Bill to Repeal 2011 Guest-Worker Law Defeated in Committee
Salt Lake City WeeklyFebruary 16, 2012

Urquhart acknowledged that Utah like other states only passed the law out of frustration with the federal government's inability to address the national immigration problem. “The state stepped in and tried to do something,” Urquhart said.more »

Atlanta Fed: Illegal Workers Give Firms an Edge
MoneynewsFebruary 16, 2012

By Greg Brown It might seem obvious, but does hiring illegal immigrants give employers an edge over competitors? Or does the risk overcome the potential reward? Researchers at the Atlanta Fed took up this question and, based on data from the state of ...more »

Amid protests, Kobach pushes immigration laws
Kansas.comFebruary 16, 2012

Ponka-We Victors, D-Wichita, and Sulma Arias, executive director of Wichita-based Sunflower Community Action, display about 2000 letters from residents objecting to immigration legislation proposed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.more »

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