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RALLY April 5th: Not One More Deportation, Not One More Family Split Apart

NH groups join thousands across U.S. April 5 to demand an end to deportations now NASHUA – The NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, the American Friends Service Committee and the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ will join thousands across the country on Saturday April 5, 2014 to demand that President Obama end deportations. “This Administration is deporting more than 1,000 immigrants every day.  It’s time to stop the practice of tearing … Continue reading

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Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

Immigrants Generated $252 Million In The NH Economy

There is no denying that immigrants built this great nation and are continuing to shape her every passing day.  Every day immigrants are coming to America to create a better life for themselves and their families.  These immigrants are chasing their own American Dream by starting their own small businesses. According to research from the Immigration Policy Center, between “2006 to 2010, there were 4,253 new immigrant business owners in New Hampshire.”  The IPC also found that in 2010 over 5.7% of all business owners in New Hampshire were foreign-born. If you listen to Fox News, the only immigrants in America are … Continue reading

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Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Senate Republicans Including Senator Ayotte Are Pitting Immigrants Against Veterans

Veterans have always been political bread and butter.  It has become a game: who supports Veterans more?  This debate has ratcheted up a couple of notches after the budget negotiation reduced the Cost of Living increases for working age retired Veterans (under 62 years of age). The adjustment in the COLA for working age retired Veterans would save the government about $7 Billion dollars.  Of course the Veterans organizations were outraged over these cuts, and so was Senator Kelly Ayotte. Here is a little background on Senator Ayotte.  She currently sits on the Veteran Affairs Committee in the Senate, and … Continue reading

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How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

Our ultimate goal should be to help Americans find good paying jobs. Abusing the guest worker program is hurting the millions of Americans who are currently looking for employment. Every year thousands of people legally enter the United States on temporary work visas.  They use the guest worker program as a way to get their foot in the door, and begin chasing their own version of the American Dream. Many people, like Senator Orin Hatch, want to see the guest worker program expanded to fill a hole in the US labor market and “meet the demands for workers in the … Continue reading

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Senator Kelly Ayotte Twists The Facts About Immigrants & Taxes With Unemployment Insurance Amendment

Senator Kelly Ayotte Twists The Facts About Immigrants & Taxes With Unemployment Insurance Amendment

This week, as the Senate decides whether to extend unemployment benefits, some Senators are looking for “offsets.”  Unfortunately, a fallback for some members of Congress has become targeting programs for immigrants, without regard to the true fiscal or social impact. One recurring target has been the Addtional Child Tax Credit for immigrant taxpayers. An amendment proposed by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) prososes to “pay for a three-month extension of unemployment benefits by stopping a scheme that currently allow {sic} illegal immigrants to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit.” Calling a program which allows immigrant workers to pay taxes and legally … Continue reading

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In-State Dreamers Should Get In-State Rates At UNH Schools

In-State Dreamers Should Get In-State Rates At UNH Schools

How many times have you heard the ignorant anti-immigrant right-wingers say that undocumented immigrants are uneducated leeches on the US economy?  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this.  That is why I was delighted to hear that New Hampshire is about to consider a law to allow students awaiting legal citizenship, entry into the University of NH at residential rates. For decades now we have been telling our children that they need to get a college education to be able to get a good job, and live well in the middle class.  Though I agree that … Continue reading

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The NHLN’s Top Five Priorities For 2014

The NHLN's Top Five Priorities For 2014

Today we begin a new year and I thought I would take a few minutes to lay out my priorities for the NH Labor News this year.   As the creator and content editor of the NH Labor News, I get to choose the direction the blog moves in.  This year we are going to be focused on these five things. 1) Raising the Minimum Wage in New Hampshire and throughout the country: The minimum wage is so far behind that people are working full time and still live in poverty.  We need to increase the minimum wage to help give … Continue reading

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Deportation, Physical Abuse, & Stolen Paperwork; What Will It Take For A Vote On Immigration?

Deportation, Physical Abuse, & Stolen Paperwork; What Will It Take For A Vote On Immigration?

Everyone is jumping up and down over the fact the House of Representative finally did something!  Yeah, they passed a bill!  The fact is that passing this budget is a big deal for a couple of reasons. Passing this budget means that we will not be forced into another government shutdown.  The budget funds the government for the next two years.  This also means that Congress will not be jumping from crisis to crisis every three months. Passing this budget also means that the house can actually put aside their ideologies and pass legislation is a bi-partisan way.  Speaker John … Continue reading

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The SEIU Pushes For Immigration Reform With Targeted TV Ads

The SEIU Pushes For Immigration Reform With Targeted TV Ads

Have you seen this?  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been pushing new immigration advertisements in key districts across the country. Earlier this year the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill with bi-partisan, support yet the Speaker of the House John Boehner, wants nothing to do with it.  This has prompted new personalized advertisements from the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. (Click here for post on AFL-CIO immigration ads.) “Our message to these House Republicans is clear,” said SEIU Executive Vice President Rocio Saenz. “Enough talk – it is time for action. If Republican members support commonsense immigration reform, they … Continue reading

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AFL-CIO Pushes For Immigration Reform With New Ad

Labor Federation mobilizes workers to pressure House Republicans to pass immigration reform with roadmap to citizenship and workers’ rights Efforts tie into coalition “Cost of Inaction” mobilizations Today the AFL-CIO announced the release of new, hard hitting television ads that call out Republicans for obstructing comprehensive immigration reform, citing anti-immigrant statements by Republican lawmakers.  In addition to the ads, labor will launch in-district mobilizations to increase pressure on House Republicans to support immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship and protection of workers’ rights. Providing 11 million aspiring Americans with the chance to come out of the shadows and contribute … Continue reading

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