With immigration reform jettisoned from the national agenda, the mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, is resurrecting the debate in his own backyard. Rejecting the morally charged rhetoric that conservatives have used to cast opprobrium on free-riding aliens, John DeStefano is arguing that the inclusion of illegal immigrants in civil society is vital to public services that benefit the whole city.
Over two hundred day laborers and union organizers from across the country convened in the D.C. suburb of Herndon, Va., last Friday to protest renewed efforts by town council members to shut down an official hiring site where undocumented workers currently congregate to solicit employment. The Herndon Official Worker Center has been open since 2005, when the town council voted 5-2 to spend $175,000 in taypayer dollars to operate it. But last year, new council members were elected on a platform opposing the center, claiming that the current operator's failure to check the immigration status of day laborers is contributing to the perception of Herndon as a lawless haven for undocumented workers.
RUPERT MURDOCH'S MSM-PIRE HAS ARRIVED. It looks like the media mogul has finally bullied the Bancrofts into submission. The New York Times reports that the family has tentatively authorized Murdoch's $5 billion buyout of The Wall Street Journal's publisher, just months before the debut of Murdoch latest on-air venture, the Fox Business Channel:
New Haven, Conn., Mayor John DeStefano displays his new municipal ID card. The cards, which became available last week, are being offered to all the city's 125,000 residents, including some 10,000 to 12,000 illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
With immigration reform jettisoned from the national agenda, the mayor of New Haven, Conn., is resurrecting the debate in his own backyard. Rejecting the morally charged rhetoric that conservatives have used to cast opprobrium on "free-riding" aliens, Mayor John DeStefano is arguing that there are significant benefits associated with the inclusion of illegal immigrants in civil society.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY UNDER FIRE. Public health advocates warn say thatRep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is expected to introduce an amendment to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill that would divert funding away from NIOSH, the agency charged with defining and enforcing occupational safety regulations. The amendment would restrict the sole source of federal support for NIOSH's Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program.