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NPR has a terrific series going on to start 2014 looking at the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years after it took effect. How the free trade pact affected labor, immigration, wages, the environment, and much more. All the...
Want to watch celebrities milk a cow? Sample the excitement as media personalities concoct the tastiest milkshake? You can witness a calve being born, see the butter sculpture contest, watch the dairy day parade, and then wash it all down with a 25...
Need work? Got skills? Willing to try life in Canada? Well, Canada’s federal government has opened a skilled labor program for  “…to 24 eligible occupations, in addition to applicants with a qualifying job offer or those...
The dairy lobby is flexing its legislative muscles this week with some progress on a couple fronts. Today, Governor Cuomo came through on a promise he made at the Yogurt Summit last summer to raise the threshold when strict environmental rules...
Plenty of White House budget analysis in the news today. On the agriculture side of things, President Obama wants to make deep cuts to the direct payment to farmers program, which has been widely criticized as misguided government spending. Farmers...


Immigration
Apr 11, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, Jeb Bush's immigration comments and the civil rights anniversary.
Mar 29, 2014 — Residents of a small town in southern Arizona say a local Border Patrol checkpoint is unnecessary and that agents have overstepped legal bounds. So now they conduct their own form of surveillance.
Mar 29, 2014 — Latino activists have changed their strategy, tired of waiting for Congress to pass immigration legislation. Instead of pursuing lawmakers, many are calling on the White House to act on its own.
Mar 19, 2014 — With deportations at a record high under the Obama administration, and with immigration reform stalled in Congress, Dreamer protest groups are trying to keep the issue alive with actions of their own.
Mar 17, 2014 — A year after the release of a Republican Party report on what went wrong in 2012, party leaders say they have better data collection and outreach. Immigration reform, however, remains a thorny issue.
 

Special Reports

Audio Series
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
Audio Series
Hispanic Workers on North Country Farms
Five years ago, just a handful of farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Now many use workers from Latin America. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. David Sommerstein tells their stories in this ongoing series.

Border Patrol Downplays Minutemen

Civilian border watchers and their critics gathered on the Vermont border with Canada over the weekend. Between 6 and 10 volunteers for the Minuteman Project monitored the border in the Newport, Jay, and Troy areas. The group says it wants to draw attention to gaps in border security. Protestors had hoped to attract 100 people to the Derby Line green. Organizer Leah Siegel of Burlington told the Associated Press the demonstration was to oppose what she called the Minutemens' "rascist agenda". The Minutemen say they're coming to Massena this coming weekend. As David Sommerstein reports, the border patrol is downplaying their arrival.  Go to full article

"Minutemen" to Patrol Canadian Border

Civilian border patrols have generated fierce debate in the Southwest. Now they're planning to come north. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps had a recruitment meeting in Long Island last weekend. They're making a massive push to find volunteers to patrol sections of the border with Canada and Mexico throughout the month of October. They say they have volunteers in Canada as well. But as Gregory Warner reports, local law enforcement are uneasy.  Go to full article
Sen. Schumer (L) and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, with a poster of the 1000 Islands Int'l Bridge in background.

Schumer Pushes Passport Alternatives

Senator Chuck Schumer met with North Country leaders yesterday in Watertown. The New York Democrat discussed the impact of proposed requirements for crossing the border with Canada. Last month, the Department of Homeland Security said everyone would need a passport to cross the border by 2008. The announcement caught most people by surprise, even President Bush, who said he read about it in the newspaper. The President has urged the government to look for other options. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Northway Checkpoint Draws More Criticism

Two Republican congressmen from northern New York say the U.S. Border Patrol isn't moving quickly enough to correct "flaws" at an immigration checkpoint on I-87. Four people...  Go to full article

Pressure Mounts Over I-87 Immigration Checkpoint

The U.S. Border Patrol faces growing pressure over a controversial immigration checkpoint on I-87. Four people were killed in a crash at the site earlier this month. More...  Go to full article

Border Patrol Faces More I-87 Checkpoint Questions

Two New York congressmen will meet with Border Patrol officials today in Washington. Republicans John McHugh and John Sweeney will question the Border Patrol about safety...  Go to full article
Ansar Mahmood in Batavia Federal Detention Facility (photo courtesy Chatham Peace Initiative)

Ansar Mahmood Loses Final Appeal

A pizza delivery man from Pakistan detained in the US since the September 11 attacks lost a final appeal Tuesday with the Department of Homeland Security. Ansar Mahmood was...  Go to full article
Algerian activist Mohamed Cherfi

Church Raid In Canada Sparks Protests & Deportation to US

US authorities in Buffalo are holding an Algerian man, deported from Canada earlier this month. Mohamed Cherfi is a prominent immigrant-rights activist. He was detained in...  Go to full article

Mahmood Case Nears Resolution

Last summer, North Country Public Radio reported on the case of Ansar Mahmood, a Pakistani immigrant living in the Hudson valley. Mahmood was detained shortly after 9/11 on...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Smuggling Update

Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile...  Go to full article

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