Trade & Immigration Policies Hurting Farmers

From the Associated Press:

Meanwhile, Trump’s hardline immigration policies have been making it even harder to recruit workers for pork producers, who have historically relied on immigrants for a third of their workforce. The industry had been planning a rapid expansion due to growing export demand from China and Mexico, but the trade dispute and raids spring immigration raids on a Tennessee meatpacking plant and an Iowa concrete plant have worried pork producers.

“Skilled and unskilled foreign workers have been crucial to maintaining and growing the workforce and revitalizing rural communities across the United States. We need more of them, not less,” Heimerl said.

Source: https://www.apnews.com/1c189409cf614fa387abf110d8f5e48d

A visa shortage is battering Texas’s shrimp industry

In Brownsville, Texas, many vessels remain tied to their docks during the height of this year’s shrimping season.

Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, John Williams’ comments:

Williams thinks that giving these jobs to foreign workers isn’t stealing jobs from U.S. citizens. Americans just won’t take the positions, even when they’re wide open.

For the fishermen he represents, the situation is an emergency that transcends ideological battles on immigration: It’s a simple matter of survival.

“You have a choice,” he says. “You can leave the boat tied up and end up losing your business, or you can work with the system to hire a legal H-2B worker to work on your boat.”

Sounds familiar.

“The fact is that American citizens simply aren’t willing to do the work.”

Source: A visa shortage is battering Texas’s shrimp industry

5  Things to Know about the Latest USCIS DACA Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

1. USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications – check with your attorney for details.
2. USCIS will not accept new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied previously.
3. Requests for Advance Parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
4. We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications.
5. Our fight to get the Dream Act passed by January 19 continues!

SEE Source: Five Things to Know about the Latest USCIS Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

DACA Renewals Now Being Accepted Again

Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.

 

Source: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction | USCIS

Debido a una orden judicial federal, USCIS ha reanudado la aceptación de peticiones para renovar una otorgación de acción diferida bajo DACA. Hasta nuevo aviso, y a menos que se indique lo contrario en esta guía, la política de DACA operará en los términos existentes antes de que fuera rescindida el 5 de septiembre de 2017.

 

Venezuela Releases Some Political Prisoners

“Imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab and chief justice Maikel Moreno announced that prosecutors and courts had been ordered to comply with the ANC’s decision and proceed to release a group of political prisoners with precautionary measures. I’m always willing to mention Saab’s huge syntax mistakes, which make him reveal truths, such as his tweet summarizing yesterday’s decision: “The truth commission (…) will continue reviewing the applicable cases, linked to the political violence that broke out in Venezuela in pursuit of national reconciliation and peace,” in other words, the prosecutor recognizes that the goal of protests was to achieve reconciliation. In any case, both did their best to show how the Executive Branch controls the public apparatus, without independence or autonomy.”


Tenias familia de Venezuela que estan viviendo en los E.E.U.U., hable con un abogado licensiado sobre asilo politico.

Rest In Peace to Tom Petty

He may have just parted this world, but Tom Petty’s song ‘Refugee’ should always be a powerful reminder for refugees and asylum seekers that although you may indeed be a refugee or an asylee, that:

“Everybody has to fight to be free, you see
You don’t have to live like a refugee;
No baby, you don’t have to live like a refugee”

 

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty

Full lyrics to Refugee here.

Wednesday Is the Last Day to EXPRESS Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Courtsey of Patrick Young, Esq., via CARACEN-NY (LongIslandWins.com)

 

“Please note, USCIS (Homeland Security) says that the only renewals that will be granted are those for DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. Renewals will not be accepted for those permits that expired earlier than September 5 or after March 5.

 

The permits will last two years even though the DACA program will end on March 5, 2018″

Source: Wednesday October 4, 2017 Is the Last Day to Overnight Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Immigration Council: Deportations in the Dark

This has been found to be inherently true by most immigration practitioners:

“Often, migrants do not receive copies of deportation documents and have little understanding of the processes they have undergone and the related legal ramifications. When U.S. officials prevent migrants from accessing critical information and processes, they further deprive individuals of their possible legal opportunities to present immigration claims.

…..

“Given the escalation of immigration enforcement, the problems identified in this report are only likely to multiply. If not addressed, the behavioral patterns leading to abuses could spawn mass constitutional rights violations.”

Source: Deportations in the Dark

ICE Plans Massive Raids on Immigrant Communities Starting Mid-September

“We encourage community members at risk to review their safety plans and tips for how they can defend their rights if they encounter ICE,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director, National Immigrant Justice Center. “All people have the right to remain silent. If stopped or arrested, you do not have to answer an immigration agent’s questions. If an immigration agent knocks on your door and does not have a warrant, do not open the door.”

Source: http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/pressroom/releases/2017/trump-plans-massive-raids-immigrant-communities-starting-mid-september