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NEW YORK FARM BUREAU IS FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

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“Immigration is a key issue for New York farms and employees and for consumers who want to continue to enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products,” said NYFB Public Policy Director Julie Suarez. “Without a stable workforce, food doesn’t get picked, cows don’t get milked and farms don’t have products to take to market.”
NYFB is pushing for a program that provides legitimate visa status for workers already here but may sometimes have questionable documentation and who are willing and able to do the work that farmers depend on. These are workers who come from other countries for jobs that farmers try to fill first with local employees but are often unsuccessful. These reforms, the Farm Bureau said, should include both contract and non-contract options for the flexibility that farmers and workers need for labor protections, especially for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.
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Farms in upstate New York: Photo by Keturah Stickann/John Menier (CC)

Speaking to reporters during a press conference, NYFB outlined three key areas it is targeting including the passage of a new Farm Bill, substantial immigration reform that recognizes New York’s farm needs, and funding for disaster assistance.
NYFB is also focusing on making sure New York’s farmers are represented in any immigration reform package that works its way through Washington, and is promoting changes that address both short and long term farm labor needs in New York.

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LATINO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GRAMMYS

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JLO was all ‘blinged out’ at the Grammys. The “Dance Again” singer, who donned a sexy, high-slit, black gown at the 55th annual Grammys awards on Sunday, also sported $5 million worth of jewelry. E! News is reporting that Lopez wore some handcrafted pieces by Norman Silverman Jewelry, including diamond bangles and a diamond bracelet. JLO also rocked diamonds on her ring and pinky finger matching her bedazzled-out nails and 10-carat diamond earrings.

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Fellow Latinos who shined during the Grammys included folk singer Lila Downs, who won the accolade for best regional Mexican album for her record titled “Pecados y Milagros,” while Quetzal won the Grammy for best Latin rock, alternative or urban album for “Imaginaries,” and Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña won in the best tropical Latin album category.

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Mexican-American Esperanza Spalding took home two Grammys, for best Jazz vocal album (Radio Music Society) and for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists (“City of Roses.”)

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Colombian singer Juanes was also a showstopper at the ceremony, winning the Grammy for best pop album, which he produced with Dominican entertainer Juan Luis Guerra.
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“BIBLES, BADGES AND BUSINESS” UNITE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

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A new alliance between conservative pro-reform constituencies including religious leaders, law enforcement and the business community adds momentum to the push for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. On a conference call Monday, leaders from the Texas Association of Business, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and the National Immigration Forum joined former top law enforcement officials to announce the alliance, calling it “Bibles, Badges and Business.”
“For the last two years, conservative leaders who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business have gathered in the mountain west, the midwest, the southeast and our nation’s capital to forge a new consensus on immigrants in America, moving our nation closer to a 21th century immigration process,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of National Immigration Forum, told reporters. “And across the country and on the hill, these conversations are turning into action.”
He said “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” will not formally take positions on legislation but will espouse principles including creating a “road to lawful status and citizenship” for undocumented immigrants, respecting those who are waiting in line to become immigrants, modernizing laws for future flow of employment- and family-based immigration and recognizing the need for border security.

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HISPANICS HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE

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To the contrary: A staggering 78 percent of second-generation Hispanic adults say that they believe hard work pays off in success. That’s a higher percentage than the 72 percent of their Asian American counterparts who profess such faith in hard work or indeed the 58 percent of all American adults.

To be sure, second-generation Hispanic immigrants have a way to go to catch up to their non-Hispanic white and Asian American counterparts. Both those groups have higher median household incomes and lower poverty rates than adult Americans as a whole.

But the gap is not as large as some might assume. The median household income for second-generation Hispanic immigrants ($48,400), is only slightly lower than the overall national figure (about $50,000). And the poverty rate for that group of Hispanics (16 percent) is virtually the same as the nation’s (15 percent).

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