immigration http://michiganradio.org en Listen to the words of one of Michigan's immigrant business owners http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-words-one-michigans-immigrant-business-owners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Jesus Valdez<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is from </span>Zacatecas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mexico.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He owns and operates a shoe repair store in Ann Arbor. His story is like so many others across the state. He knew his skill was valuable and saw an opportunity to make his dream of owning a business a reality.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to our conversation with him below:</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:27:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 16626 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to the words of one of Michigan's immigrant business owners Does Snyder's immigration plan leave some out? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-snyders-immigration-plan-leave-some-out <p>Rick Snyder has been one of the most enthusiastic governors in pressing Congress and the White House for immigration reform.</p><p>He recently proposed a plan to attract 50,000 highly skilled immigrants to Michigan, essentially "rolling out the red carpet" to attract immigrants to fill vacant technology, engineering, medical and health care jobs in Detroit.</p><p>His plan would require immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit, using their skills in science, business or the arts to help power the city back to health.</p><p>But some believe the governor's plan overlooks the immigrants who are already here, people who might be able to use a little of that support. And what about immigrants who might not possess an engineering or science degree, but have energy and an entrepreneurial spirit – are they being slighted by the governor's plan?</p><p>Here to discuss the future of Michigan’s immigrant population is Steve Tobocman, director of Global Detroit, and Nikki Cicerani, president and CEO of Upwardly Global, a resource for skilled immigrants.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:32:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16621 at http://michiganradio.org Does Snyder's immigration plan leave some out? Student and school prepare for a father's deportation http://michiganradio.org/post/student-and-school-prepare-fathers-deportation <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 16.799999237060547px;">Update: The office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued the following statement to Michigan Radio," After a thorough review of Mr.&nbsp;Sanchez-Ronquillo's&nbsp;case. The agency has granted a one-year Stay of Removal." We are updating our earlier story now.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Charlie is seven years old, a second-grader at an Ann Arbor elementary school. Over the last week, his picture has been all over&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/189943844413871/" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">facebook</a><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">. It's also on flyers and email as his church and parents at his school try to organize around his family.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Read the updated story at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/student-and-school-prepare-fathers-deportation">State of Opportunity</a>.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read or listen to the entire story at <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:35:35 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 16313 at http://michiganradio.org Student and school prepare for a father's deportation Snyder creates Office for New Americans http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-creates-office-new-americans <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed an executive order creating a Michigan Office for New Americans. The governor has made attracting immigrants a priority as part of his economic plans. The governor named Grand Rapids entrepreneur Bing Goei to lead the office.</p><p>“It’s not going to be a large department,” said Goei, “but it’s really to be that clearinghouse, that focal point, because, again, we have activities probably in every department of state government involved with immigrants. This is to have a clearinghouse, a center for that.”&nbsp;</p><p>The governor says he will do what he can to make Michigan more immigrant friendly, while he hopes Washington can come up with a better national immigration policy.</p><p>“I think there’s a lot of evidence to say, particularly for skilled immigrants, they’re net job generators,” said Snyder. “They add jobs, they create economic wealth and well-being throughout the supply chain.”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:34:19 +0000 Rick Pluta 16265 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder creates Office for New Americans Why Snyder's immigration plan may be his best yet http://michiganradio.org/post/why-snyders-immigration-plan-may-be-his-best-yet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirteen years ago, a friend who runs a political PR firm urged me to meet a man he saw as a visionary politician who he was going to be elected mayor and transform Detroit.</span></p><p>His name was Kwame Kilpatrick. We all know how that turned out, but nobody did then. What was the same then and now, however, was Detroit’s need for jobs and money.</p><p>Over the years, I had learned one thing: If you want to jump-start an economy, what you need are immigrants. Driven, motivated, immigrants who want a better life.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:48:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16164 at http://michiganradio.org Why Snyder's immigration plan may be his best yet Leaders call for immigration reform to help save Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/leaders-call-immigration-reform-help-save-detroit <p>Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit leaders announced their immigration reform plan this morning at the Hispanic-owned Ideal Group in Detroit.</p><p>The plan calls for federal changes that would allow immigrants to live, work, and hopefully create jobs in the city of Detroit.</p><p>More from Gov. Snyder’s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--320079--,00.html">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Detroit must harness the power of skilled immigrants to grow its economy, increase its tax base and reverse its population decline, Gov. Rick Snyder said today as he urged federal action on his proposal that increases employment-based visas for immigrants.</p><p>“We want the world to know that Detroit is open for business,” Snyder said. “Legal immigration helped to build this great city and is just as critical to its comeback. Immigrants create jobs and Detroit is a great value opportunity in terms of business costs and overall quality of life.</p></blockquote><p>The plan calls for the federal government to secure 50,000 employment-based visas for skilled immigrants (employment-based second preference visas, or <a href="http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2">EB-2 visas</a>).</p><p>The visas would require that the visa holders reside and work in the city of Detroit.</p><p>Gov. Snyder's office cited the following statistics in support of the plan:</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:16:46 +0000 Mark Brush 16150 at http://michiganradio.org Leaders call for immigration reform to help save Detroit Gov. Snyder launching Detroit immigration initiative http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-launching-detroit-immigration-initiative <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says he's launching an initiative to encourage immigration as a way of fostering Detroit's economic development.<br /><br />Snyder's office says the governor will join Mayor Mike Duggan at a Thursday morning news conference. It says City Council members and business and community leaders also will participate.<br /><br />The 10 a.m. event is at the offices of the IDEAL Group, a family-owned manufacturing and construction company.<br /><br />Snyder has promoted immigrant entrepreneurs as a resource for Detroit's economic development. He said in last Thursday's State of the State address that he wants to make Michigan more immigrant-friendly and more attractive for foreign investment.<br /><br />Snyder has applied for Michigan to join Vermont as states that run a regional center for the EB-5 visa program targeting immigrant entrepreneurs.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:56:40 +0000 The Associated Press 16146 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder launching Detroit immigration initiative Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address <link href='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/css/player.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'><script type='text/javascript' src='//connect.soundcloud.com/sdk.js'></script><script type='text/javascript' src='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/js/soundcite.min.js'></script> <p>Gov. Rick Snyder put services for immigrants and seniors at the top of his to-do list for 2014 in his State of the State speech yesterday.</p><p>The governor also promised to extend pre-school to every child in the state that wants to attend, and trumpeted the state’s economic recovery as he prepares to seek a second term.</p><p><span class="soundcite" data-id="129992011" data-start="0" data-end="3421">"We are reinventing Michigan," Snyder said. "Michigan is the comeback state."</span></p><p>Snyder noted that hiring is up, and more people are looking for work — although Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and many families living in poverty.</p><p>But the governor says things are getting better and the state’s improved budget position and the prospect of a revenue surplus is evidence of that. He said much of that money — more than a billion dollars over the next three years — should be used on infrastructure, investments, and savings. But he also said taxpayers should get some of it back.</p><p>“There’s going to be some opportunity for tax relief,” Snyder said.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 16067 at http://michiganradio.org Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address How H-4 visas are troubling many families coming to the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/how-h-4-visas-are-troubling-many-families-coming-us <p>Find out about the H-4 visa and why it’s troubling to many families coming to the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:32:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 15864 at http://michiganradio.org If it weren't for immigration changes, this college grad would still be in the fields http://michiganradio.org/post/if-it-werent-immigration-changes-college-grad-would-still-be-fields <p>This week I&rsquo;m bringing you segments from my documentary, <strong>&ldquo;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voices-fields-migrant-workers-michigan">Voices from the Fields</a>,&quot;</strong> a story of migrant workers in Michigan.</p><p>The Senate passed an immigration bill this summer that allowed for a path to citizenship for the millions of <a href="http://www.doleta.gov/agworker/report9/chapter1.cfm">undocumented</a> farm workers in the United States.</p><p>Some say if those people get legal status, they&rsquo;ll have a chance to find better work. That&rsquo;s exactly what happened to Gerardo Zamora. He would still be in the fields if it wasn&rsquo;t for a little known immigration bill passed recently.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:53:19 +0000 Emily Fox 14749 at http://michiganradio.org If it weren't for immigration changes, this college grad would still be in the fields How immigration changes will impact migrant workers http://michiganradio.org/post/how-immigration-changes-will-impact-migrant-workers <p>This week I&rsquo;m bringing you segments from my documentary, <strong>&ldquo;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voices-fields-migrant-workers-michigan">Voices from the Fields</a>,&quot; </strong>a story of migrant workers in Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://www.doleta.gov/agworker/report9/chapter1.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;">More than half </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the roughly 2 million farm workers in the U.S. are undocumented.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of those 2 million,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/EnumerationRelease8613_430167_7.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">94,000</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> migrant workers and their families live and work in Michigan. And they have a lot at stake when it comes to U.S. immigration policy.</span></p><p>Back in June, the U.S. Senate passed an<a href="http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/744"> immigration bill </a>that would provide a path to citizenship for farm workers, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut now the immigration debate lies in the hands of the U.S. House &ndash; which has its own ideas, and they&rsquo;re very different from the Senate&rsquo;s.</span></p><p>For one thing, the House plan does not include a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. Instead, it would <a href="http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/1773">expand the guest worker program</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Emily Fox 14747 at http://michiganradio.org How immigration changes will impact migrant workers Voices from the fields: Migrant workers in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/voices-fields-migrant-workers-michigan <p>From urban farming in Detroit, the Traverse City Cherry Festival, to farmers markets in hundreds of Michigan cities, this state prides itself on its agriculture.</p><p>And we should.</p><p>We are the most <a href="https://www.michfb.com/MI/Ag_Ed_and_Leadership/Ag_Facts/Michigan_Agriculture_Facts/">agriculturally diverse</a> state, behind only California. And after manufacturing, <a href="https://www.michfb.com/MI/Ag_Ed_and_Leadership/Ag_Facts/Michigan_Agriculture_Facts/">agriculture is the state&rsquo;s largest industry</a>.</p><p>But when you see that Michigan seal on apples and blueberries and cherries in the grocery store, do you ever wonder who are the faces and voices behind these products?</p><p>In this documentary, we&rsquo;ll hear from these farm workers that bring these fruits and vegetables to our tables.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll hear about the struggle for fair wages, good housing and how the immigration debate can affect the lives of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcr/EnumerationRelease8613_430167_7.pdf">94,000 migrant workers and their families in Michigan</a>.</p><p>Below is the full audio of the documentary</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:10:29 +0000 Emily Fox 14779 at http://michiganradio.org Voices from the fields: Migrant workers in Michigan Michigan needs more immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-needs-more-immigrants <p></p><p>State Representative Harvey Santana, a Detroit Democrat, thinks we need to make this a more immigrant-friendly state. He believes that could lead to Michigan becoming the leading state in the nation in job creation and economic development. Two weeks ago, something incredible happened that showed me exactly how right that is.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:26:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14742 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan needs more immigrants Michigan apple farmers desperate for pickers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-apple-farmers-desperate-pickers <p>The <a href="https://www.michfb.com/mi/">Michigan Farm Bureau</a> is appealing across the eastern U.S. for help with finding workers to harvest the state&#39;s bumper crop of apples.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:16:07 +0000 Associated Press 14735 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan apple farmers desperate for pickers Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights celebrates 50 years http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-department-civil-rights-celebrates-50-years <p>The Michigan Department of Civil Rights was created as part of the state constitution drafted in 1963. It’s charged with enforcing civil rights laws and preventing discrimination.</p><p>Leslee Fritz is the department’s interim director. She told a group in Grand Rapids Tuesday night the state has come a long way to ensure civil rights in the last five decades.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:22:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14469 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-immigrant-population-declining-except-one-group <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their new home, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last year, Michigan’s immigrant population dropped 4.6% — the second-lowest level in the past 12 years. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That decline doesn’t fit with current immigration trends in the Midwest. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio have all seen an increase in immigration. Only Michigan and Wisconsin are experiencing a drop.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But while the number of newcomers coming to the state is on the decline, one immigrant group continues to flow to Michigan — Iraqis.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Michigan is just second to California in terms of its attraction of Iraqi immigrants,” said Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of <a href="http://datadrivendetroit.org/">Data Driven Detroit</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:48:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 14287 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group One possible solution for Detroit: attract more immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/one-possible-solution-detroit-attract-more-immigrants <p>When you consider all of the possible "fixes" being discussed for struggling big cities like Detroit, there is an idea being offered up that has truly stood the test of time: attract more immigrants.</p><p>It's the way cities have been built all through American history. Open the doors to people who are hungry for new opportunities, for a new life, and watch them pour their energies into building new businesses, improving their homes and neighborhoods, attracting more new residents as family members follow from the Old Country.</p><p>But immigrants are not coming to Detroit, and that is something Steve Tobocman hopes to change.</p><p>He is the director of Global Detroit. So far, they've launched over a half dozen distinct initiatives to make Southeast Michigan---and Detroit---more welcoming to immigrants.</p><p>Steve Tobocman joined us today to talk about the program.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:39:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13939 at http://michiganradio.org One possible solution for Detroit: attract more immigrants Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-12th-2013 <p>Entrepreneurship is on the rise in West Michigan. We took a look at what this means for the Grand Rapids area and the rest of the state.</p><p>And, when you consider all of the possible "fixes" being discussed for struggling big cities like Detroit, there is an idea being offered up that has truly stood the test of time: attract more immigrants.</p><p>Also, we heard how a University of Michigan professor is using archeology to tell the story of undocumented immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.</p><p>First on the show, &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan now has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who do not have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</span></p><p>Despite adamant statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control that vaccines have no link to autism, an anti-vaccination movement is growing online, from parent to parent, and through activist celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy.</p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and physicians are mounting fresh efforts&nbsp; to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</p><p>This vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</p><p>We wanted to see how this story is being played out in the exam rooms of a busy pediatric practice, day-in and day out. Oakland County pediatrician Dr. Martin Levinson has been practicing medicine for 33 years. He joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:35:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 13944 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 The Undocumented Migration Project uses archeology to tell migrant's stories http://michiganradio.org/post/undocumented-migration-project-uses-archeology-tell-migrants-stories <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the mid 1990's when the United States began an immigration enforcement strategy called Prevention Through Deterrence, or </span>PTD<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It consisted of boosting security in unauthorized crossing areas surrounding major border cities with the idea that undocumented migrants would have to shift towards remote border regions where crossing conditions are much more difficult -- places like the </span>Sonoran<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Desert in southern Arizona.</span></p><p>Two decades later, it's clear that PTD has failed to deter undocumented migrants.</p><p>The smuggling industry in northern Mexico has grown to serve the migrants, and here in the U.S., the movement to reform our broken immigration system is growing with bipartisan support.</p><p>But what of the life stories of these migrants?</p><p>That question has led Jason De León to apply his scientific training in anthropology and archeology to discovering the thousands of stories of these migrants.</p><p>De&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">León</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and he's the director of the Undocumented Migration Project.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:21:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 13942 at http://michiganradio.org The Undocumented Migration Project uses archeology to tell migrant's stories Report: Metro Detroit immigrants don't follow typical patterns http://michiganradio.org/post/report-metro-detroit-immigrants-dont-follow-typical-patterns <p>A report released today on metro Detroit's foreign-born population shows between five and 15% of people in Southeastern Michigan are immigrants. The study, conducted by Global Detroit and Data Driven Detroit, shows metro Detroit's immigrants don't follow traditional patterns of foreign-born populations in urban areas.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:47:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13564 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Metro Detroit immigrants don't follow typical patterns