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PDX to Trump: Drop Deadnew

How David Douglas School District proves Donald Trump wrong.
Willamette Week  |  Beth Slovic  |  12-11-2015  |  Elections

Low Wages Mean Two Jobs in One Daynew

Ejjair has been working at the Hyatt for 14 years but still makes only $9 per hour, not counting the occasions when a server shares tips with him.
NUVO  |  Fran Quigley  |  11-16-2012  |  Business & Labor

Attorney Aaron Tarin Fights For Undocumented Immigrantsnew

Aaron Tarin believes Hispanics coming to Utah are following God’s plan. In The Book of Mormon it is prophesied that close to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the people of Lamanite descent, whom Tarin interprets as being primarily Hispanics, would experience a spiritual and physical gathering in the Americas.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Stephen Dark  |  01-12-2010  |  Immigration

With Nowhere Left to Run, Refugees are Still Waiting to Make This Homenew

When Foibe Nibitanga got a ticket to a new life in the United States, she didn't expect the fear and hunger of the refugee camp to follow her to Kansas City. The Burundi native leans forward, trying to speak over the cries of toddlers who, in the absence of toys, play with couch cushions and a set of keys.
The Pitch  |  Carolyn Szczepanski  |  01-12-2010  |  Immigration

UCSB Scholar Advocates Humane Treatment of Detained Immigrantsnew

Professor Manuel Casas traveled from UCSB to Washington in early November to speak on behalf of illegal immigrants. At a Congressional hearing, he supported two bills in the House of Representatives that promoted what Casas refers to as “common sense.”
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Rebecca Bachman  |  12-22-2009  |  Civil Liberties

Why Slavic Immigrants are the Most Visible Face of Opposition to Gay Marriage in Washingtonnew

To them, the issue isn't just about homosexuality. The bigger fear is that the government will start dictating how they practice their religion, in an echo of the oppression they experienced at the hands of communists.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  12-14-2009  |  LGBT

Detainees Refute ICE's Denials of Abusenew

A recent report, based on interviews with 41 detainees over a period of eight months in 2007 and 2008, alleges various "human rights violations" at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., including inadequate medical care, lack of due process, and physical abuse.
Seattle Weekly  |  Nina Shapiro  |  08-18-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Hospitals Ship Immigrants Home ... and Often to Uncertain Futuresnew

Critics call it international patient-dumping that occurs beyond the oversight of federal agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But the government is beginning to take notice: a Florida state appeals court has ruled that only the federal government has the power to remove a person from this country.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  08-15-2008  |  Immigration

The International Competition in Vermontnew

It's Vietnamese spiking volleyballs at Roosevelt Park, Bosnians rolling bocce balls at Oakledge Park, and Somalis, Sudanese and Congolese heading soccer balls at Starr Farm Park, Leddy Beach and practice fields at the University of Vermont.
Seven Days  |  Kevin J. Kelley, Matt Scanlon and Mike DiBiasio  |  08-08-2008  |  Sports

With Few Options in N.C., Immigrants Return to Mexico by Busnew

Riders are separated from loved ones or have not achieved their dreams. Many who've traveled speak of their failures. Others say the United States isn't what they envisioned.
INDY Week  |  Joseph R. Schwartz  |  07-31-2008  |  Immigration

Many Immigrants Abandon Accomplishments to Start Anew in Americanew

Many highly educated Philadelphians from other countries are stuck working dead-end jobs for minimal pay. Their stories may surprise you.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Alli Katz and Erica Palan  |  07-07-2008  |  Immigration

Proposed Federal Laws Could Sweep Away Low-Wage Workersnew

The Shuler-Tancredo SAVE Act would require all employers to use E-Verify to check the legal status of their employees. Presently E-Verify is a free system that employers voluntarily use to check new hires. Critics point out that it has been shown to have serious shortcomings, the most problematic being the tendency to deliver "false positive" matches, declaring citizens in good standing to be illegal.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Diane Solomon  |  05-29-2008  |  Business & Labor

A Welding Program for Refugees Sparks Job Opportunitiesnew

Before next spring, the welding program run by Association of Africans Living in Vermont will have provided 30 individuals with 80 hours of welding training and 40 hours of English as a Second Language instruction.
Seven Days  |  Mike Ives  |  05-19-2008  |  Business & Labor

How to Stiff Immigrant Workers in Constructionnew

Because he called his workers "business partners," Contractor Shawn Campbell was able to avoid over $1 million in payments to the state workers' compensation fund and keep his employees working up to 46 hours a week with no overtime, a judge found. He slid through undetected for more than two years, until a disgruntled employee blew the whistle.
Seattle Weekly  |  Laura Onstot  |  05-12-2008  |  Business & Labor

A Lack of H-2B Visas is Creating a Seasonal Worker Slump on Cape Codnew

Immigrant labor is the backbone of the summer tourism industry, a remaining bright spot in a dire economy. But a federal crackdown could mean trouble.
Dig Boston  |  Lindsay Berrigan  |  05-01-2008  |  Immigration

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