immigration http://kplu.org en What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? http://kplu.org/post/what-farm-guest-worker-program-and-why-it-controversial-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153152224&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>People in Seattle are familiar with the H-1B visa program that brings high-tech employees from abroad, but another, more obscure foreign worker program has churned up a lot of controversy in the state recently.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17022 at http://kplu.org What Is The Farm Guest Worker Program And Why Is It Controversial In Wash. State? 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. http://kplu.org/post/5-things-one-anthropologist-learned-while-working-migrant-berry-picker-wash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150538151&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seth Holmes is a doctor and anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley who did something that wouldn’t occur to most white, middle-class, highly-educated Americans.</p><p>About a decade ago, he spent a year and a half traveling, living with and working alongside migrant indigenous Mexican farmworkers from the state of Oaxaca. His stint included two seasons picking strawberries and blueberries on a large farm in Skagit County.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16719 at http://kplu.org 5 Things One Anthropologist Learned While Working As A Migrant Berry Picker In Wash. Judge: Some Immigrants Can't Be Held Without Bond http://kplu.org/post/judge-some-immigrants-cant-be-held-without-bond <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A federal judge in Seattle says certain&nbsp;<font color="red">immigrants</font>&nbsp;can't be held in detention without bond hearings.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Tuesday's ruling stems from a complaint filed by&nbsp;<font color="red">immigrant</font>&nbsp;advocates on behalf of three men who were held for months at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma without a chance of a bond hearing, in which a judge determines whether&nbsp;<font color="red">immigrants</font>&nbsp;present a flight risk or a danger to the community.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:02:48 +0000 Manuel Valdes 14787 at http://kplu.org Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards http://kplu.org/post/immigrant-investors-could-finance-green-trucks-green-cards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: normal;">Citizenship and Immigration Services&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has approved an unusual way for prospective immigrants to earn a U.S. green card and permanent residency. They can loan money to independent Northwest truckers who want to upgrade to less-polluting rigs.</span></p><p>The idea was the brainchild of Bellingham immigration attorney David Andersson and a cross-border association of state Legislatures and parliaments called the Pacific Northwest Economic Region.</p><p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Tom Banse 12441 at http://kplu.org Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards Deported Mother from Oregon Makes New Life in Mexico Without Her Kids http://kplu.org/post/deported-mother-oregon-makes-new-life-mexico-without-her-kids <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Liliana</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ramos was deported to Mexico more than two years ago, her three children were left behind in Bend, Oregon. The </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tapia</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> children were left in the care of their undocumented grandmother and remain with her today.</span></p><p>Ramos moved to Tijuana, a city she had never lived in and where she knew no one.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Jordana Gustafson 12212 at http://kplu.org U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation' http://kplu.org/post/us-immigration-policy-leaves-behind-orphans-deportation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some 4.5 million American citizens have at least one undocumented parent, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center.</span></p><p>This has led to a growing number of children in the U.S. who are living without their parents. That’s because the number of deportations under the Obama administration has reached record levels —&nbsp;400,000 in 2012 alone&nbsp;—&nbsp;and many of those deported are parents.</p><p>Latino communities across the country have borne the brunt of these deportations, and researchers say children’s mental health suffers as a result.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:01:00 +0000 Jordana Gustafson 11793 at http://kplu.org U.S. Immigration Policy Leaves Behind 'Orphans Of Deportation' Foreigners Finance More Diverse Ventures to Obtain U.S. Visas http://kplu.org/post/foreigners-finance-more-diverse-ventures-obtain-us-visas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do these things have in common: an Idaho gold mine, a proposed wind farm in central Washington, a new hotel in Portland, and the replacement floating bridge across Lake Washington?</span></p><p>They're all investment vehicles for well-to-do families seeking U.S. green cards. Under U.S. immigration law, wealthy foreigners can get a green card by investing at least half a million dollars to create at least ten jobs here. In the Northwest, an increasingly diverse range of projects are competing for such foreign investment.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:18:10 +0000 Tom Banse 9614 at http://kplu.org Foreigners Finance More Diverse Ventures to Obtain U.S. Visas Sheriff Urges King Co. to Honor Fewer Immigration Detainers http://kplu.org/post/sheriff-urges-king-co-honor-fewer-immigration-detainers <p>King County’s sheriff says he’s concerned that people in immigrant communities are afraid to call the police for fear of getting deported. That’s why he’s supporting a measure to limit the county’s cooperation with federal detention requests.&nbsp;</p><p>The main way that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, finds people who are here illegally is through the criminal justice system. Local jails are now required to turn over fingerprint data to the FBI, which shares it with ICE.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:09:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 9420 at http://kplu.org A risk including gay partners in immigration bill? http://kplu.org/post/risk-including-gay-partners-immigration-bill <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Frustrated at being left out of an immigration overhaul, gay rights groups are pushing to adjust a bipartisan Senate bill to include gay couples. But Democrats are treading carefully, wary of adding another divisive issue that could lose Republican support and jeopardize the entire bill.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Both parties want the bill to succeed. Merely getting to agreement on the basic framework for the immigration overhaul, which would create a long and costly path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, was no small feat for senators. And getting it through a divided Congress is still far from a done deal.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:35:56 +0000 The Associated Press 8541 at http://kplu.org A risk including gay partners in immigration bill? Legal victory for asylum seekers http://kplu.org/post/legal-victory-asylum-seekers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The settlement of </span><a href="http://www.legalactioncenter.org/sites/default/files/docs/lac/34_First_Amended_Complaint.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a class-action lawsuit,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filed on behalf of asylum seekers, should make it easier for people to work in the U.S. while for their asylum petition to be acted on.</span></p><p>The problem has been with something called the “asylum clock.” The clock is actually a complicated formula the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies use to decide when someone is allowed to legally begin working in the United States. Theoretically, it’s supposed to be around six months. But, according to the court case, it stretches into years. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:57:42 +0000 Paula Wissel 8407 at http://kplu.org Statewide bus tour demands immigration reform http://kplu.org/post/statewide-bus-tour-demands-immigration-reform <p>Imagine living your life in a legal limbo, with fear of deportation looming and constant uncertainty about your future.</p><p>That’s the reality for many immigrants in Washington State. Several dozen of them are boarding a bus that will criss-cross the state this week to tell their stories and demand comprehensive immigration reform.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7888 at http://kplu.org Statewide bus tour demands immigration reform Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce http://kplu.org/post/microsoft-proposes-pay-play-immigration-plan-grow-workforce <p>With 6,000 high-tech jobs on the table, Microsoft said today it has a pay-to-play plan that would increase the number of H-1B visas to the U.S. by 20,000 and raise more than $500 million for education.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:13:40 +0000 Jake Ellison 6509 at http://kplu.org Microsoft proposes 'pay-to-play' immigration plan to grow workforce Microsoft urges immigration reform to fill high-skilled jobs http://kplu.org/post/microsoft-urges-immigration-reform-fill-high-skilled-jobs <p>Overall, job growth remains disappointingly slow –&nbsp;the unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent. In computer-related fields, though, jobs are going unfilled.</p><p>Unemployment in computer and math jobs is a measly 3.4 percent. Companies like Microsoft and Expedia say one remedy is immigration reform, and they’re hopeful Congress will pass a new act to break the logjam.</p><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 6252 at http://kplu.org Microsoft urges immigration reform to fill high-skilled jobs Weird questions you have to answer to become a U.S. citizen http://kplu.org/post/weird-questions-you-have-answer-become-us-citizen <p>Have you ever been a &ldquo;habitual drunkard?&rdquo; What about a Communist? And exactly where were you between the dates of March 23, 1933 and May 8, 1945?</p><p>If you want to become a citizen of the United States, get ready to answer these questions---and about a hundred more---on the <a href="http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/n-400.pdf" target="_blank">U.S. citizenship application form, the N-400.</a></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5977 at http://kplu.org Weird questions you have to answer to become a U.S. citizen Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers http://kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-shop-keeps-wait-anxiously-cherry-workers PASCO, Wash. – With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy -– it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:18:47 +0000 Anna King 5324 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers, shop-keeps wait anxiously for cherry workers