Daily Border Bulletin- How to make U.S. agriculture stronger?; House Bans Abortions for Undocumented Immigrants; The U.S. is no longer an immigration role model

Opening pathways for temporary seasonal workers and fixing the immigration system are the answers to drive the agriculture industry in the U.S. The GOP-led House approved a Homeland Security spending bill that includes a provision to ban abortions for undocumented immigrant detainees, a measure that has little chance of surviving in the Democratic-controlled Senate. TheU.S. immigration policies do not attract more talented people than other countries, but still immigrants to this country have better assimilation rates than anywhere else.

How to make U.S. agriculture stronger? -Opening pathways for temporary seasonal workers and fixing the immigration system are the answers to drive the agriculture industry in the U.S.
“In recent years, unfortunately, the country’s political mood has wrought a crackdown on unauthorized immigration—a move that fantasists insist will mechanically push up wages for American workers. In reality, the lowest wages Americans will accept will in many cases be too high to be profitable, leaving crops rotting in the fields rather than picked by visitors from Latin America. This merely wastes resources and reduces overall incomes throughout the country. What’s needed isn’t tolerance of illegal border crossing, but expanded temporary-worker programs ideally purged of the requirement that migrants work exclusively for one employer, which too often open workers to abusive treatment.”

House Bans Abortions for Undocumented Immigrants- The GOP-led House approved a Homeland Security spending bill that includes a provision to ban abortions for undocumented immigrant detainees, a measure that has little chance of surviving in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“Barbara Gonzalez, an ICE spokeswoman, said the agency has not paid for abortion services since its 2003 creation.
The agency’s policy on abortion services is the same as the Justice Department’s rule for the Bureau of Prisons, which restricts access to those services except in cases of rape, incest or if the life or the mother is in danger.”

The U.S. is no longer an immigration role model- The U.S. immigration policies do not attract more talented people than other countries, but still immigrants to this country have better assimilation rates than anywhere else.
“Sixty-two percent of permanent-resident visas in Canada are based on skills, while the remainder are for family unification. In the U.S., the situation is almost exactly the reverse: two-thirds of America’s immigrants enter through family unification, while only 13% of green cards are granted because of talent, merit and work.”

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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