undocumented immigrants http://michiganradio.org en Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/some-think-their-immigrant-ancestors-were-last-should-be-allowed-us <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I’ve always had a warm place in my heart for the sugar beet country of Michigan’s Thumb.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Years ago, I used to take graduate journalism students to </span>Caro<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> for a day where they would put out a special edition of the </span>Tuscola<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County Advertiser.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The folks there were open, friendly, warm-hearted, and hard-working, but I have to say I’m ashamed of some of them today.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They are disgracing our state and reminding us of some of the ugliest chapters in American history. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Here’s why:&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Thousands of children and teenagers have been turning up at the United States’ southern border over the last few months. We are, if you’ve forgotten, a nation founded by refugees and which, to this very day, has remained open to those seeking political asylum.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That’s the beautiful part of our legacy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The ugly part is that far too many of us think our ancestors were the last immigrants who should have been allowed in. That’s been reflected throughout our history in signs that said “No Irish need apply,” communities that refused to allow Jews, and the entire history of black America.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:51:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18392 at http://michiganradio.org Some think their immigrant ancestors were the last that should be allowed in the U.S. The battle continues over bringing undocumented children to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-continues-over-bringing-undocumented-children-michigan-0 <p>The courts may be the next step for groups fighting plans to bring dozens of undocumented children to a facility in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of undocumented children have flooded across the southern U.S. border since the beginning of the year. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.wolverinehs.org/">Wolverine Human Services</a> is negotiating a contract to bring up to 120 boys between 12 and 17 years of age to its facility in Vassar, Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:34:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 18374 at http://michiganradio.org The battle continues over bringing undocumented children to Michigan The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-58 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss Michigan's<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rules-juvenile-lifers-not-entitled-re-sentencing-hearings"> ruling</a> on how juvenile lifers will not get a chance at parole, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-get-pay-raises">pay raises </a>for city leaders in bankrupt Detroit, and what <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-monday-night-against-migrant-children-coming-michigan">role </a>Michigan could play in housing undocumented minors crossing the Mexico border.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18311 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Some children fleeing Central American violence may be headed to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/some-children-fleeing-central-american-violence-may-be-headed-michigan <p>Michigan will probably receive some refugee children from Central America—but not an “overwhelming number” of them, according to one immigrant rights advocate.</p><p>About 50,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, have <a href="http://www.unhcrwashington.org/sites/default/files/UAC_UNHCR_Children%20on%20the%20Run_Full%20Report.pdf">overwhelmed the southern border in recent months</a>. Most say they’re fleeing mounting gang violence, chronic poverty, and social breakdown in those countries.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18267 at http://michiganradio.org Some children fleeing Central American violence may be headed to Michigan A "humanitarian crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border http://michiganradio.org/post/humanitarian-crisis-us-mexico-border <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">At a congressional hearing today, Michigan congresswoman Candice Miller weighed in on the massive influx of unaccompanied children smuggled into the United States through the Mexican border. A situation Congress has called a "humanitarian crisis." &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:30:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18128 at http://michiganradio.org A "humanitarian crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border 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 What happens when more than half of migrant workers are undocumented http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-more-half-migrant-workers-are-undocumented <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, I&rsquo;m posting segments from my documentary, &quot;<strong>Voices from the Fields,&quot; </strong>a story of migrant workers in Michigan. It airs today on Stateside.</span></p><p>Migrant work is one of the only jobs available to undocumented workers in the U.S.</p><p>An estimated <a href="http://www.doleta.gov/agworker/report9/chapter1.cfm">50</a> to <a href="http://pri.org/stories/2013-01-28/should-immigration-reform-be-comprehensive">70 percen</a>t of farm workers in the U.S. are undocumented, and this causes problems not only for the workers, but for employers too.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Emily Fox 14685 at http://michiganradio.org What happens when more than half of migrant workers are undocumented In this morning's headlines: $306 for health care, Gov. ads, in-state tuition for undocumented http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-306-health-care-gov-ads-state-tuition-undocumented <p><strong>Michigan will pay less than average for health insurance</strong></p><p>"The Obama administration says Michigan residents required to shop for health insurance starting next week will pay an average $306 a month - before tax credits - for a mid-range benchmark plan. That's below the national average of $328 and ranks 29th-lowest out of 47 states for which data was available," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Wayne State University to offer in-state tutition for undocumented students</strong></p><p>"Wayne State University will begin offering in-state tuition to undocumented students. The decision came as part of a policy change that ties tuition to students' high school diplomas, instead of their residency status," Michigan Radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-university-offers-state-tuition-undocumented-students">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Snyder not running yet, but his campaign ads are</strong></p><p>"The first campaign ad in the race for Michigan governor will start airing today. Governor Rick Snyder is launching his ad campaign before he’s formally announced he’s a candidate," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-air-first-ad-14-campaign">reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:44:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14576 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: $306 for health care, Gov. ads, in-state tuition for undocumented Wayne State University offers in-state tuition to undocumented students http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-university-offers-state-tuition-undocumented-students <p>Wayne State University will begin charging in-state tuition to undocumented students. The decision is part of a policy change that now ties tuition to students' high school diplomas, instead of their residency status.</p><p>Students who went to a Michigan high school for at least three years and graduated are now eligible for in-state tuition. Students who got their GED in Michigan are also eligible for in-state tuition.</p><p>Provost Margaret Winters says the change is good for all students.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:36:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14565 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State University offers in-state tuition to undocumented students The University of Michigan is now offering in-state tuition to undocumented students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-now-offering-state-tuition-undocumented-students <p>The new fall semester at the University of Michigan is bringing significant change.</p><p>Earlier this summer, the U of M Board of Regents said “yes” to offering in-state tuition to undocumented students as long as they meet certain criteria. All military will be allowed to pay in-state tuition, active, reserve, and honorably discharged, as well.</p><p>The vote was watched closely by advocates for young people who were brought into this country as undocumented immigrants. On such advocate is Serena Davila. Davila is the Executive Director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, spoke with Davila about the change in tuition.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:52:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 14482 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan is now offering in-state tuition to undocumented students The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-detroit-public-schools-washtenaw-county-id-cards-detroit-mayoral-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>This week, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/times-running-out-get-5000-new-kids-dps">Detroit Public Schools student quota</a>, Washtenaw County’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants">identification card plan</a> that includes undocumented immigrants, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-napoleon-heats-each-promises-champion-detroit-neighborhoods">continuing campaigns </a>of Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan.</p><p><strong>Detroit Public Schools trying to meet enrollment goal</strong></p><p>The Detroit Public School district is depending on enrolling 5,000 more students for the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If the district doesn’t meet its goal, they will lose millions of dollars in funding from the per-pupil-allowance from the state.&nbsp; Jack Lessenberry says that Detroit used to enroll almost 200,000 students thirteen years ago.&nbsp; They now only enroll 46,000.&nbsp; Lessenberry says “they’ve been going door-to-door trying various gimmicks, of course those are sort of dubious too, to get kids to come back.&nbsp; But it’s all about how many bodies they have in seats on Count Day.”</p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 14210 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race In this morning's news: Governor Snyder heads to Asia; Detroit bribery, and IDs for immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-governor-snyder-heads-asia-detroit-bribery-and-ids-immigrants <p><strong>Governor Snyder in China next week</strong></p><p>Next week Governor Snyder will travel to Asia on a third economic development mission to the region.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/08/gov_rick_snyder_china_japan_tr.html#incart_river_default">MLive.com reports</a> that he will visit China and Japan to &ldquo;market the state&#39;s export offerings, promote Michigan as a tourist destination, and convince Chinese business leaders that Detroit, despite its bankruptcy filing, is still a good place to invest.&quot; Funds for the business trip come from the Michigan Economic Growth Foundation.</p><p><strong>Building&nbsp;inspectors charged with bribery</strong></p><p>Yesterday Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette charged seven Detroit building inspectors with bribery.&nbsp; Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-charges-7-detroit-building-inspectors-bribery"> reports</a> that Schuette says &ldquo;inspectors took bribes to overlook code violations &ndash; in some cases, going to the lengths of falsifying architectural plans.&rdquo; An investigation led by the Southeast Michigan Public Corruption Task Force and the FBI led to yesterday&rsquo;s charges.</p><p><strong>Washtenaw program may provide ID cards for undocumented immigrants</strong></p><p>Washtenaw County is considering a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants">program that would issue identification cards</a> to all its residents, including undocumented immigrants.&nbsp; The Washtenaw County Board Chairman says that while undocumented immigrants are a large group of people affected by the ID program, they would not be the only ones to benefit.&nbsp; Yousef Rabhi says &ldquo;it could apply to immigrants; it could apply to folks that are homeless; it could apply to folks that are transgender and who don&#39;t believe that the male/female designation on the current state ID is representative of who they really are.&rdquo; Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:36:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14204 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Governor Snyder heads to Asia; Detroit bribery, and IDs for immigrants New program in Washtenaw County could grant IDs to undocumented immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants <p>Washtenaw county officials are considering a new program that would give county ID cards to all residents - including undocumented immigrants.</p><p>Yousef Rabhi is the Washtenaw County Board Chairman and one of the chief supporters of this program. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:47:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14193 at http://michiganradio.org New program in Washtenaw County could grant IDs to undocumented 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 In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-michigan-tuition-policy-school-district-finances <p><strong>Detroit files for bankruptcy</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has approved Detroit’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-files-federal-bankruptcy-protection">bankruptcy filing</a>.&nbsp; It is now the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. History.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “the governor says bankruptcy will ultimately offer creditors some assurances on how much they will be paid. A federal judge still has to approve the request.”</p><p><strong>University of Michigan grants in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the provision of in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-approves-state-tuition-undocumented-students-us-military-veterans">reports</a> that “undocumented students will have to show they attended middle school and high school in Michigan to get the lower tuition rate.”&nbsp; This comes after two years of lobbying from activists and undocumented students.</p><p><strong>Last chance for Inkster and Buena Vista school districts</strong></p><p>The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until Monday evening to prove that they can finance the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If funds cannot be found, the districts will then be closed.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “if Inkster and Buena Vista are shut down, their students would go to other schools in the intermediate school district.” Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13608 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances This week in Michigan politics: Common Core, tuition for undocumented students, U.S. farm bill http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-common-core-tuition-undocumented-students-us-farm-bill <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the controversy over the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/common-core-standards-debate">Common Core</a> State Standards, the University of Michigan’s vote on whether to offer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-regents-propose-state-tuition-undocumented-students-0">in-state tuition</a> to undocumented students, and the debate over food stamps and the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-likens-efforts-pass-new-farm-bill-comedy-groundhog-day">U.S. farm bill</a>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:34:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13571 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Common Core, tuition for undocumented students, U.S. farm bill University of Michigan regents propose in-state tuition for undocumented students http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-regents-propose-state-tuition-undocumented-students-0 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Undocumented students who’ve grown up in Michigan may soon be eligible for in-state tuition at one of the state’s biggest universities.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:42:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13534 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan regents propose in-state tuition for undocumented students Two plus two isn't five http://michiganradio.org/post/two-plus-two-isnt-five <p>I have nothing against the Theater of the Absurd. I was taught French years ago by an odd method based on the comedies of Eugene Ionesco, the master of irrational dialogue. But absurdity doesn’t work very well as a guide to life, unless, say, you are an infant, or have only months to live.</p><p>Two plus two is, after all four. If you want your children to be successful in life, they generally need to know reading, writing and arithmetic. However, we seem to have a set of leaders, both left and right, who have made careers out of denying reality.</p><p>Let’s take education, first of all. The non-partisan, respected Education Trust, Midwest released a report yesterday showing that Michigan students are performing below the national average in every category. That’s worse than thirty-five other states. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:50:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13478 at http://michiganradio.org Two plus two isn't five How a change in immigration laws could give Michigan an economic boost http://michiganradio.org/post/how-change-immigration-laws-could-give-michigan-economic-boost <p>Michigan could get a boost in new tax revenues if the federal government approves proposed changes to immigration laws.</p><p>That’s according to a <a href="http://www.itep.org/pdf/undocumentedtaxes.pdf">new report</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy predicts Michigan could gain $35 million dollars a year in new sales, property and income tax revenues, under the immigration changes.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13464 at http://michiganradio.org How a change in immigration laws could give Michigan an economic boost