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News links from Immigration Impact!

 Justice Department’s Losing Battle Over Deportation Waivers for Permanent Residents 

For more than five years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended a policy that deprives long-term lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of the opportunity to apply for a waiver that would allow them to remain in the United States. The policy at issue—announced through a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision—significantly narrows the group of LPRs who are eligible for this waiver.

Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply
The on-the-ground harm of enforcement-only state immigration policies is clear. The “self-deportation” style laws in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia all dealt severe blows to the states’ economies, particularly the agricultural industries. A federal enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would have a similarly harmful impact, leading to a decline in food production and higher food prices in the United States. 

Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities
Last week, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) along with six individuals, submitted a formal request to the Department of Homeland Security asking the agency to temporarily suspend the deportation of low-priority undocumented workers and their families and grant them “deferred action.” 

New Mexico Governor Uses Anti-Immigrant Driver’s License Proposal as Fundraising Tool
For the fifth time in four years, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to get the legislature to repeal the 2003 law granting licenses to all eligible drivers, regardless of their immigration status.

Are Immigrants Really Destined to Give the GOP the Cold Shoulder?
The latest catastrophic forecast on immigration policy comes in the form of a report released by the conservative Eagle Forum warning Republicans about the presumed dire impact that the arrival of new immigrants through legal channels will have on the GOP’s electoral future. While this idea is far from new, the report relies on assumptions that an overwhelming body of research has refuted.

¿Es Cierto Que los Inmigrantes Están Destinados a Darle la Espalda al Partido Republicano?
El último pronóstico catastrófico sobre la política inmigratoria viene de la mano de un informe publicado por el grupo conservador Eagle Forum. En el mismo, los autores advierten a los sectores conservadores sobre el terrible impacto que la llegada de nuevos inmigrantes tendrá en el futuro electoral del Partido Republicano.

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Links to press on Sakuma farmworkers

November 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Labor Strike Continues At Burlington Berry Farm | KUOW News and - 63k -Cached - Similar pages

Sep 19, 2013  Immigrant advocates and workers on strike from Sakuma Brothers “The fact of the matter is Sakuma Brothers Farms pays all seasonal berry 

Farmworker Strike at Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms | Food First - 22k - Cached - Similar pages

Aug 5, 2013  CALL NOW: Sakuma Berry Farms 360-757-6611. Ask them to negotiate in good faith with the democratically elected committee of Familias 

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4 days ago  Sakuma Brothers Berry Boycott – Workers at a Farm Outside Seattle Demand Better  This triggered a sudden strike by more than 250 workers, 

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Sep 16, 2013  The berries are ready to pick, the berry pickers are on strike, andSakuma Bros Farms [...] Tags: Familias Unidas por la Justicia, Farmworker 

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Both strikes gained wage increases of $1.00 and $0.75 respectively. …. Farms andSakuma Berry distributors to let them know that you demand that the 

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Sep 16, 2013  The berries are ready to pick, the berry pickers are on strike, andSakuma Bros Farms is refusing to negotiate. Farmworkers will be rallying 

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5 days ago  The workers at Sakuma Berry Farms north of Seattle are on strike – the fourth strike against the company this season. The company has gone 

Viva la Huelga! The Agricultural Strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms - 26k - Cached - Similar pages

Jul 25, 2013  The Agricultural Strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms and the Tradition of  or seasonal agricultural workers, for the August blueberry harvest.

Sakuma Tells Striking Farmworkers to Vacate – Seattle Weekly - 82k - Cached - Similar pages

Jul 24, 2013  Burlington’s Sakuma Brothers Farms told striking migrant workers that  workers and their families live in cabins provided by the berry farm.

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Sakuma Berry Workers Need Your Help NOW!

September 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The workers at Sakuma Berry Farms north of Seattle are on strike – the fourth strike against the company this season.

The company has gone back on its promises of wage increases, and fired Ramon Torres, the leader of the workers’ organization, Familias Unidas para la Justicia.

Boycott picketlines have gone up at the company’s processing plant, and in front of stores in Seattle.

Now the company may be moving security guards into the labor camp where the strikers live.  The workers need your help now:

Call Sakuma Farms, and tell them:

Sit down and negotiate with the workers.

     Rehire Ramon Torres.

     Stop harassing workers in the labor camp.

     Guarantee the jobs of the striking workers, this season and next.

Sakuma sells a lot of strawberries for Haagen Dasz ice cream, which is owned by Nestle Foods.  Call Nestle, and tell them they are in violation of their principles of social responsibility.  They need to tell Sakuma Farms the same thing – sit down with the workers.

Sakuma Farms berries are sold under the Driscoll label.  Driscoll needs to do the same thing – to tell Sakuma Farms to sit down and talk.

Workers need your help NOW!  If you can only make one call, please make this one.
Sakuma Brothers Farms360-757-6611
If you can make three more calls, call Nestle, Haagen Dasz and Driscoll.
Diane McIntyre, media contact for Nestle food   510-601-4338
Haggen Dasz   800-767-0120
Driscoll   800-871-3333
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