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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.
Algerian activist Mohamed Cherfi
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 Quebec City after police raided a Protestant church where he had sought sacntuary. The case has sparked protests across Canada. As Brian Mann reports, church leaders there describe Cherfi's arrest as a violation of their sanctuary.  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 suspicion that he was involved in terrorist activities. Those fears were quickly dispelled, but Mahmood was held on minor immigration violations. Two years later, Mahmood remains in Federal detention at a prison near Buffalo, but his case should be resolved soon. For an update, Brian Mann spoke with Susan Davies. She's with a group called the Ansar Mahmood Defense Committee, based in Hudson, New York.  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 cigarette smuggling busts in the 1990s. In the late '90s and 2000, smuggling Asian illegal immigrants spiked. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Louis Mitchell. Mitchell says alien traffic dropped dramatically after September 11, 2001.  Go to full article

Another Refugee Crisis? Plattsburgh Braces For More Families

Over the last several months, the border north of Plattsburgh has been overwhelmed by Pakistani families trying to leave the U.S. Shelters in Plattsburgh and Burlington have...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Pakistani Border Crisis Simmers As Deadline Passes

Today is the deadline for thousands of Pakistanis and Saudis living in the U-S, who are required to register with the Federal government. Officials with the Department of...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Flow of Pakistanis Slows, Detainments Continue

The flow of Pakistani refugees reaching the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh slowed over the weekend. Roughly fifty asylum seekers remain in shelters in Burlington and...  Go to full article

Pakistanis Seek Refuge in Canada

More and more Pakistanis are trying to find refuge from new U.S. immigrant registration rules in Canada. A bottleneck at the border north of Plattsburgh is splitting...  Go to full article

Canada Day Marks Start of Busy Week on the St. Lawrence

Today is Canada Day, and that means the beginning of a busy holiday week on the St. Lawrence River. As Canadian and American boaters buzz across the river, U.S. Immigration...  Go to full article

New Immigration Laws: Confusion and Crowding at Shelters in Plattsburgh

Changes in Canadian immigration laws are causing nearly 100 refugees to take up temporary housing at the Plattsburgh Salvation Army. Immigrants from across the world are...  Go to full article
U.S. Immigration at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

Boating Across the Border

As the sun finally warms the North Country into summer, the boating season on the St. Lawrence River is kicking into high gear. This year, residents and tourists alike face...  Go to full article

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