immigration reform


Wed January 22, 2014

Farmers express concern about immigration policies, lack of Farm Bill

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) listens to farmers' concerns at a recent roundtable.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The central New York agriculture community got a chance to get the ear of Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) this week, highlighting several areas where action by the federal government could help farmers and food processors do their jobs.

Topic number one on the agriculture agenda is to urge Congress to pass the Farm Bill, that’s been languishing in Congress for two years. Bill Byrne of Byrne Dairy is optimistic as lawmakers seem to be reaching consensus on the dairy policy in the Farm Bill, one of the big sticking points.

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Fri May 17, 2013

Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms

New York's dairy farmers have a challenge finding guest workers because existing programs don't allow year-round workers.
Matt Richmond WSKG

As lawmakers in the Senate's Judiciary Committee debate the immigration reform bill released last month, farmers in New York State are hoping to find enough workers to fully staff their operations. It's a yearly struggle in New York and nationwide and according to a report by Farm Credit East, more than 1000 farms in New York could close or shrink by two-thirds if immigration laws were fully enforced.

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Mon May 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

Migrant worker Alberto Madrigal at the Vermont statehouse protest.
Sarah Harris/Innovation Trail

Dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows. But farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.

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Thu April 18, 2013

Small businesses push for further reform in New York state, including immigration

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Small businesses from around the state took their concerns to legislators in Albany Wednesday. The message from leaders in the agricultural industry particularly highlighted the need for reforms to support small farms, and boost local economies upstate.

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Wed March 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area groups team up to push for immigration reform

Undocumented immigrant Arely Tomas (far left) and immigration reform advocate Rebecca Fuentes (far right)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Several local community organizations have joined forces to create the Central New York Coalition for Immigration Reform.  This group will push a comprehensive immigration reform agenda, with an emphasis towards towards family unity, an improved visa system, and a path to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in this country now. It's the only hope one undocumented immigrant who lives in Syracuse has of staying in this country.

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Fri February 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei answers questions on immigration, gun control

At a news conference in Auburn, central New York Cong. Dan Maffei commented on a couple of hot-button issues facing Congress currently.

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Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna in favor of immigration reform

Utica-area Cong. Richard Hanna is one Republican who expects to be on board with any immigration reform that is being proposed in Washington currently. The 22nd district representative says it's an important issue in a region where agriculture is key.

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Thu December 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Immigration legislation could help those with STEM degrees

New legislation would allow 55,000 thousand green cards to be earmarked for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math has made it through the House of Representatives. But the bill still has an uphill battle ahead.

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Tue June 26, 2012
Politics and Government

Undocumented and fighting for immigration reform

Aly Wane is an illegal immigrant from Senegal
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Local immigration reform advocates are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. One of the loudest voices comes from a man who is in this country illegally.

Aly Wane was born in Senegal in 1976 and, because of a family dispute, came to live in this country in 1984. He went on to high school and college, but because of his family situation he was never naturalized.

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