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Replace temporary foreign workers program with immigration, incentives: critics

OTTAWA - How to solve a problem like the federal government's scandal-plagued temporary foreign workers program? Economists and immigration experts say there are solutions at hand as the Conservatives grapple with yet another controversy involving temporary foreign workers. "We have to figure out what we want as a labour market in the end," David Green, an economics professor at the University of British Columbia who specializes in wage and employment issues, said in an interview Tuesday.

Supreme Court won't let Arizona criminalize "harboring" migrants

Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to restore a provision of an Arizona law that would criminalize the "harboring and transportation" of undocumented immigrants. The justices' decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact the ruling adopted in October 2013 by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which established that federal immigration law takes precedence over this provision.

Desperate families seek help against deportations, activist says

Los Angeles, Apr 21 (EFE).- A California immigrant rights group said Monday that deportations have led to a significant increase in the number of families turning up at its offices lately looking for help. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, received appeals from "desperate community advocates and families desperately seeking solutions to indefensible, cruel, and unjust immigration actions by the Obama Administration and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)," the organization's political director said in a statement.

US weighs curbing deportations of people without serious criminal records

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.

China sneaker factory strike snowballs as tens of thousands of workers walk out over benefits

BEIJING, China - A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labour group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China. Workers in the southern city of Dongguan want Taiwanese-owned Yu Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., which makes shoes for companies such as Nike and Adidas, to make social security contributions required by Chinese law and meet other demands. They've been striking in increasing numbers in on-and-off stoppages since April 5.

Obama wants 'more humane' US deportations

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a review to see whether US deportation policies could be conducted more "humanely" following complaints by Latino advocates over mass expulsions of illegal immigrants. Obama last week blamed Congress for high levels of deportations, saying he had no choice but to enforce existing laws because an attempt to pass immigration reform had been jammed in Congress.

Immigration report sparks British coalition row

Britain's coalition government was bitterly divided over immigration on Thursday after the Conservative minister in charge of the issue accused Business Secretary Vince Cable from the Liberal Democrats of asserting "falsehoods" about the impact of immigrant labour. The row between Immigration Minister James Brokenshire and Cable erupted as an official government study concluded there was "relatively little evidence" that migrant workers had taken the jobs of Britons when the economy was strong.

Head of Latino group calls Obama 'deporter in chief,' criticizes GOP inaction on immigration

WASHINGTON - The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the "deporter in chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza, also directed her anger and frustration at House Republicans for stalling on immigration legislation, which is languishing some eight months after the Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill. Murguia made the comments at an awards dinner Tuesday night.

Supreme Court won't hear appeals of rulings against anti-migrant laws

Washington, Mar 3 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided not to hear cases presented by two municipalities with an eye toward reactivating anti-immigrant ordinances that had been annulled by federal courts. The high court rejected the appeals presented by Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which means the lower court rulings will stand.

Supreme Court won't hear appeals of rulings against anti-migrant laws

Washington, Mar 3 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided not to hear cases presented by two municipalities with an eye toward reactivating anti-immigrant ordinances that had been annulled by federal courts. The high court rejected the appeals presented by Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which means the lower court rulings will stand.
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