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Enrique Balcazar of Migrant Justice speaks at a press conference in the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The group announced a settlement of a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles, accusing the department of sharing information about immigrants with the federal government, leading to deportations. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Vermont settles suit alleging it sent immigrant info to feds

Jan. 15, 2020 5:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to change some procedures, and undergo monitoring and training for workers to settle a lawsuit accusing it of giving information about immigrant farm workers to federal authorities, leading to arrests and deportations, an immigrant...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo a corn harvester pushes through a field of grain corn in Warsaw, N.Y. A new law taking effect Jan. 1, 2020, gives farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime and get a day off. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Bail reform, farmworker rights and other laws launch in 2020

Dec. 31, 2019 11:56 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Farmworkers can unionize and the number of people held in jail awaiting trial is set to decrease under a host of new laws taking effect in 2020 in New York. The newly Democratic-controlled Legislature passed over 900 bills this year — a marked increase from typical years....

Resort paid nearly $125K in back wages, fines

Dec. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire resort paid nearly $125,000 in back wages to employees and fines to resolve violations of the non-immigrant visa program, the U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday. The department said investigators found that the Naswa Resort in Laconia in 2016 and 2017 failed to...

Koch network group thanks Torres Small for Farmworkers Bill

Dec. 13, 2019 12:23 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group funded by the powerful conservative-leaning Koch network is praising a Democratic congresswoman in New Mexico for joining a bipartisan effort to pass a farmworkers residency bill. Americans for Prosperity is scheduled Friday to launch a direct mail and digital campaign...

In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, workers — most of them from Mexico — load Christmas trees onto a truck at Hupp Farms in Silverton, Ore. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the U.S. House passed a bill that would loosen restrictions on hiring foreign agricultural workers and create a path to citizenship for more than 1 million farm workers estimated to be in the country illegally. The bill's fate in the Senate is unclear, and the White House hasn't said if President Donald Trump would sign it. But the 260-165 vote was a rare stroke of bipartisanship on immigration. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

NY to ban aerial use of pesticide

Dec. 11, 2019 1:34 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is prohibiting the aerial spraying of an agricultural pesticide that can harm the nervous systems of infants and young children. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's directing the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ban nearly all uses of the pesticide by...

Migrant group says farmworker detention violated policy

Dec. 3, 2019 10:42 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farmworker advocacy group says a sheriff’s deputy violated his department’s fair and impartial policing policy when he detained a farmworker and called federal immigration authorities. Migrant Justice says the farmworker, 21-year-old Luis Ulloa, a...