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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
Aug 31, 2014 — Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
Aug 28, 2014 — Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.
Aug 28, 2014 — President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
Aug 27, 2014 — Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.
Aug 11, 2014 — The Obama administration is considering executive action on immigration, and it could come within weeks.
 

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.
Ansar Mahmood in Batavia Federal Detention Facility (photo courtesy Chatham Peace Initiative)
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 cleared of all terror-related concerns soon after his arrest. And his case drew broad support from the public and from Democrats in Congress. But Federal officials say Mahmood violated immigration laws and will be deported. Brian Mann has our story.  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 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...  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

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