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How many kids in the school have family working in the US?
How many kids in the school have family working in the US?

Farm to Farm, Family to Family, part 1: North Country farmers go to Mexico

In January, David Sommerstein traveled with a group of New York dairy farmers on a sort of reverse migration. They went to a tiny mountain town in Veracruz, Mexico, called Malacatepec. There, almost everyone has a family member who has worked or is working on a New York State dairy farm. The farmers wanted to better understand their new employees culture, economic situation, and what it all means for the immigration debate in this country. Here part one of a three part series. One note: the dairy farmers in this series are identified only by their first names to protect their farms and the Mexican immigrants who work there.  Go to full article

Farmers want migrant workers to have more time in U.S.

Dairy farmers in New York and Vermont are now relying on migrant workers - many here illegally. So farmers are closely watching the debate in Washington over immigration. They're worried that under current proposals fewer migrant workers would come to the region and the few who did would soon have to leave. Bob Hokanson is national affairs coordinator for the New York Farm Bureau. He tells Jonathan Brown that farmers want to hire people through the federal guest worker program. It grants immigrants an H2A visa, but only for a short time.  Go to full article

New Yorkers' views on immigration

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates between 550,000 and 650,000 illegal immigrants live in New York State. Most live in New York City and its suburbs. But a growing number work in agriculture or construction in Upstate New York, including on the North Country's dairy farms. Immigrants have become a part of daily life in largely white, rural communities. Max Pfeffer tracks what New Yorkers think about immigration, both legal and illegal. He's a professor of development sociology at Cornell University. For the last several years, Pfeffer's conducted polls asking whether there should be more or less immigration to the United States. He told David Sommerstein the results are much like the rest of the country: people are split.  Go to full article

Commentary: An immigrant's lesson in values

Standardized test scores released yesterday show unexpected strength among middle school immigrants just learning English. Commentator Tom French has one of those immigrants...  Go to full article

Dairy left out of immigration deal?

As the fierce debate on a massive immigration bill continues in Washington, dairy farmers fear they may be left out. New York's dairy farms have become increasingly reliant...  Go to full article

Educating children of migrant workers

More and more farm workers in the U.S. come from Mexico and Central America. Many farmers say they couldn't survive without them. Workers who come to North Country dairy...  Go to full article

Migrant workers - still harvest of shame?

More and more American farms are employing workers from Mexico and Central America. Even as far north and east as the North Country -- the number of Mexican and Central...  Go to full article

Report: immigrants moving to rural America

The story of immigrants flooding America's cities is almost as old as the United States itself. But a new report shows a shifting trend. While cities remain the main...  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside...  Go to full article

Mexican corridos: the people's autobiography in song

A St. Lawrence University professor specializes in a genre of Mexican music that tells the stories of how migrant workers get to the United States. Martha Chew-Sanchez is...  Go to full article

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