Politics & Government
11:46 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Michigan activists respond to immigration injunction

Immigration advocates in Michigan are decrying a federal judge’s ruling striking down two executive orders protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. Last November, President Obama announced two programs that were set to take effect today.  One would prevent  undocumented parents of children legally living in the U-S from being sent back to their countries of origin. The other extends protections for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U-S as children.

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Politics & Government
12:16 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Guatemalan family in EL contends with immigration confusion

Oscar Castaneda hopes his family can stay in Michigan, but he may be required to return to his native Guatemala.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A family who has spent the last 15 years putting down roots in East Lansing is hoping to persuade U.S. authorities not to order them back to Central America. Oscar Castaneda is a native of Guatemala. He traces his predicament to likely bureaucratic errors dating back to the mid 1990's.

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After journey, child migrants face U.S. legal system

The tens of thousands of child migrants coming from Central America face a complex legal system if they want to remain in the United States.
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Uncertainty continues to surround tens of thousands of Central American children seeking asylum in the United States.  

Federal officials including the President and Congress, along with the states, are grappling with how to respond to the 57,000 people --many of them children -- who have arrived at the U.S. border since last October.  

The refugees are mainly fleeing drug and gang violence.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Current State #363 | August 11, 2014

Today on Current State:  the legal status of child migrants; former NPR reporter Mike Pesca on new gig; Lansing City Council president on BWL rate hike; new trade group for women in Michigan craft beer industry. 

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1:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants

Scott Woosley says the EB-5 Center will have offices in Lansing and Detroit.
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Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized  his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Michigan Office for New Americans to focus on employer education

Bing Goei is the new director of the Michigan Office for New Americans.
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During his State of the State address last month, Governor Rick Snyder pledged to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He did so on January 31, and named Bing Goei, of Grand Rapids, to run the office. The idea is to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Law prof weighs Snyder's Detroit immigration plan

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Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder offered a proposal he thinks will jump start Detroit’s struggling economy. At a company in predominantly Hispanic southwest Detroit, the Governor said he wants the Federal government to increase the number of skilled immigrants in Michigan to reach 50,000 over five years. The only condition is that they have to live and work in Detroit.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth

Michigan's Fruit Belt hugs the west side of the state along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Much of the seasonal worker population is in that part of the state.
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Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year.  Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing.

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4:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Snyder Wants “Urban Pioneer” Immigration Visa

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes a federal immigration overhaul will include more resident visas for people willing to settle in Detroit, Flint, and other cities that have lost population.

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5:37 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Snyder Pleased Immigration Reform Includes Investor Visas

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased the proposed federal immigration overhaul includes more visas for investors and entrepreneurs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Current State #5 | January 18, 2013

The Dream Act is a part of what many are proposing as part of comprehensive immigration reform.
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On today's Current State:  Local efforts for immigration reform, Michigan prison breakouts, a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the hometown competitors in this weekend's U.S. National Figure Skating Championships.

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2:07 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

New Order Helps Young Undocumented Immigrants

Lansing DACA applicant Ramiro Estrada (left) with supporters including Father Fred Thelen (right) at Cristo Rey Church.
Mark Bashore WKAR

A new presidential order is giving many young, undocumented immigrants in mid-Michigan a shot at legal temporary employment.

The "DACA" program, or "‘Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals," took effect Wednesday. The Obama Administration order applies to young undocumented immigrants who arrived here before the age of 16.

Ramiro Estrada arrived in Lansing as a 12-year old.  He would like a job to continue his college education in nursing.        

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Window of Opportunity Opens for Undocumented Immigrants


Immigration experts in Lansing are planning a major outreach project this week.  Starting Wednesday, thousands of undocumented immigrants in Michigan who arrived in the U.S. as children will be eligible to file for work permits. 

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