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Cochran cosponsoring resolution of disapproval over proposed H-2B changes

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will support legislation to stop the implementation of new federal regulations governing a temporary foreign worker visa program, saying the regulatory changes are flawed and detrimental to seasonal industries like shrimping on the Gulf Coast. Cochran announced that he would cosponsor a joint resolution of disapproval challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed ...

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Farm leaders vow resistance to new immigration legislation

With Southern governors and legislatures in a hurry to enact strict immigration enforcement measures, worries have arisen across the region that farm crops will wither in the fields without enough migrant workers to harvest them. That prospect has set up a potential fight in Mississippi between legislators who… >>> SEE FULL STORY<<<

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Local workers suing Howard Industries for hiring illegals

LAUREL — A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a second lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. In February, a discrimination lawsuit was filed in federal court against Howard Industries on behalf of four black women claims the company gave preferential ...

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Shrimp processors fighting proposed H2-B pay raises

Shrimp processors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have filed for injunctive relief in federal court in an effort to block a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Labor in determining wages paid under the department’s H2-B guest-worker program. A late September decision by the Labor Department to delay the new wage-determining rule has the Biloxi-based American Shrimp Processors ...

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Illegal immigrant to plead guilty to fake ID charges

HATTIESBURG — An illegal immigrant from Mexico plans to plead guilty to participating in a group that allegedly created and distributed fake identification documents, according to federal court records in Mississippi. Pastor Quihua-Gonzalez is one of 11 people charged in an alleged scheme to make fake Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and state identification cards. Most of the defendants are ...

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EEOC suing Signal over treatment of immigrant workers

PASCAGOULA — A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against an oil rig construction company over treatment of hundreds of immigrant workers recruited in India to work in Mississippi and Texas. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges numerous allegations of discriminatory conduct by Signal International against the workers, including forcing them to live in crowded quarters with poor food for ...

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