News stories tagged with "hispanic"
May 24, 2007 — 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
May 22, 2007 — 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 on Mexican and Central American workers. Many, if not most, of them are in this country illegally. A temporary worker program, known as H2A, would allow immigrants to work on farms for two years at a time, for up to six years. But it still remains to be seen whether dairy farmers would be allowed to use the program. Julie Suarez directs public policy for the New York Farm Bureau. She told David Sommerstein dairy was included in one version, but left out of another. Go to full article
Dec 11, 2006 — 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 destination, a growing number of immigrants are settling in small, rural communities. They're drawn to jobs in agriculture, meatpacking, and the tourism and resort industries. Leif Jensen wrote the report for the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He told David Sommerstein that immigrants to small towns tend to poorer and less well educated than those who settle in cities. They also tend to be Mexican, married, and employed. Go to full article
Oct 17, 2006 — 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 the author of a book called Corridos in Migrant Memory. She's invited a Mexican band, Los Inalcanzables to perform "corridos" tonight at 7 at SLU's Student Center. "Corridos" are epic songs that were first sung when the Spanish arrived in the New World. They're like the collective autobiography of Mexico, telling stories about everything from farming and famous heroes to drug smuggling and crossing the border. New ones are always written to reflect contemporary lives. Chew-Sanchez told David Sommerstein she grew up in the border region of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, where "corridos" told the stories of the day... Go to full article
May 17, 2006 — Over the last five years, the number of Mexican and Central Americans working on the North Country's dairy farms has risen dramatically. Industry leaders agree farms depend on reliable, plentiful Hispanic labor to survive. If national estimates are right, about three-quarters of these workers entered the United States illegally. Farmers are not required to prove their workers are legal. In fact, they can be sued for discrimination if they challenge them. Still, dairy farmers find themselves on the wrong side of immigration law as it now stands. David Sommerstein has part two of our series, Latinos on the Farm. Go to full article
by NCPR News
May 17, 2006 — Listen to David Sommerstein's interview with Jim Schmidt, co-director of Farmworker Legal Services of New York, based in Rochester. He talks about the common abuses Hispanic migrant farmworkers face in New York. Go to full article
May 16, 2006 — In the North Country, two groups are watching the immigration debate closely: dairy farmers and the Mexicans and Central Americans who work for them. There are no numbers on exactly how many Hispanics work on dairy farms in northern New York. One estimate says 300 work in Jefferson County alone. Based on national estimates, three-quarters of them entered the United States illegally. In the first of a two part series, David Sommerstein reports on the farmhands themselves. They live largely invisible lives, inextricably linked to the farmer who hired them. Go to full article
Apr 03, 2006 — Massive protests in California are providing a dramatic backdrop for the debate in Washington over America's immigration policy. The issue can seem distant in the North Country. But Jamaican apple pickers already use a legal guest worker program in the Champlain Valley. Illegal immigrants are becoming more common on area construction sites. And the number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms is growing fast. John Lincoln is president of the New York Farm Bureau. He employs two Guatemalan workers on his dairy farm near Canandaigua. David Sommerstein asked Lincoln what he sees in the immigration rallies in California. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Feb 20, 2002 — Governor Pataki is in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico this week, visiting with heads of state and victims of terrorism of the Flight 587 plane crash in New York City last fall. Before he left for the Caribbean, Pataki spoke at the annual dinner of the Legislature's Black and Puerto Rican caucus. The Governor is working hard to gain some support among minority voters. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
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