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Business Summit in Georgia Addresses Immigrant Labor, Reform

"Agricultural and restaurant business leaders say Arizona-style laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration threaten their industry. They're appealing to Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform to avert what they describe as a crisis. The leaders took part Monday in what was...

Alabama Immigration Law's Surprise Result

"Republican state Senator Scott Beason, a sponsor, said at a news conference last year that the restrictions on undocumented workers would “put thousands of native Alabamians back in the work force.” Instead, it caused a labor shortage that resulted in the importation of hundreds of...

H-2A Visa System Fails Pacific Northwest Pear Growers

"The Pacific Northwest grows the majority of the nation's pears, and they're predicted to have the third-largest harvest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries — not enough workers to pick the fruit." - NPR, Oct. 7...

Feds Bust Immigrant Labor Ring in Houston's Chinatown

"Federal agents arrested the owners of two employment agencies in Houston's vibrant Chinatown on Thursday and charged them with allegedly providing hundreds of undocumented workers, mostly from Latin America, to prep food, bus tables and wash dishes in Chinese restaurants. ... Sun allegedly...

Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor

"As the federal government cracks down on immigrants in the country illegally and forbids businesses to hire them, it is relying on tens of thousands of those immigrants each year to provide essential labor — usually for $1 a day or less — at the detention centers where they are held...

Advance Copy of DOL Notice of Intent to Issue Declaratory Order re H-2B, Island Holdings; Request for Comment

"The Secretary of Labor (Secretary) is considering issuing on his own motion a declaratory order confirming that he has exclusive authority to make legal and policy determinations based on his statutory and regulatory authority to administer and enforce the H-2B temporary labor certification program...

DOL Clears Infosys, Closes Investigation - Reuters

Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters, Sept. 8, 2015 - "The U.S. Labor Department has cleared Infosys Ltd of any wrongdoing and closed its investigation after American technology workers at Southern California Edison complained their jobs were wrongfully outsourced to foreigners working on H-1B visas, Infosys...