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Federal E-Verify and ICE Audits

September 10, 2018

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 required newly hired employees to present to their employers documents attesting their identity and right to work in the US. Most employers, who are not required to authenticate worker-presented documents, attach copies of the documents to completed I-9 forms.

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State E-Verify Laws are not Enforced

September 10, 2018

Arizona was the first state to require all employers to use E-Verify to check the legal status of new hires. The Legal Arizona Workers Act required employers to enroll in the E-Verify system and submit data to DHS on new workers hired after January 1, 2008. The state may suspend the business licenses of employers found to have hired unauthorized workers for a first offense and revoke licenses for repeat offenses. The US Supreme Court upheld Arizona's LAWA in a 5-3 decision in 2011.

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Japan: Open Doors to Migrant Workers?

September 10, 2018

Japan has a shrinking population of 126 million and a shrinking labor force of 66 million. Japan has 2.4 million foreign residents and 1.3 million foreign workers, making foreigners two percent of residents and workers. The foreigners include almost 700,000 Chinese, 450,000 Koreans, 245,000 Filipinos, 200,000 Vietnamese, and 180,000 Brazilians.

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Mexico's Elusive Quest for Prosperity

September 10, 2018

Mexican economist Santiago Levy, the architect of Mexico's Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera program that makes small payments to mothers who keep their children in school and ensure that they receive regular health check ups, has written a new book on why Mexico is not growing faster. Between 1996 and 2015, Mexico's economy expanded by 1.2 percent a year in real per capita terms, and labor productivity rose by 0.5 percent a year, even though average years of schooling rose from 7.7 to 9.6.

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Hispanic Share of US Labor Force up 8-Fold 1950-2016

September 10, 2018

The share of Hispanics in the US labor force increased eight-fold between 1970 and 2016, from less than two percent to over 13 percent. Growth was fastest for farmers and farm laborers: the Hispanic share of workers in this occupation rose almost 14 times, from less than two percent to 25 percent.

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Labor in Mexico's Fruit and Vegetables Export Sector

August 16, 2018

About half of US fresh fruit (53 percent in 2017) and almost a third of US fresh vegetables (31 percent in 2017) are imported. Mexico supplied 48 percent of the imported fresh fruit and 68 percent of the imported fresh vegetables in 2017.

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Agroparks and Mexican FVH Exports

August 16, 2018

About half of US fresh fruit (53 percent in 2017) and almost a third of US fresh vegetables (31 percent in 2017) are imported. Mexico supplied 48 percent of the imported fresh fruit and 68 percent of the imported fresh vegetables in 2017. The US imported $11.6 billion worth of fresh produce from Mexico in 2017, including 53 percent fruit and 47 percent vegetables.

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French Agriculture

August 16, 2018

France has the largest agricultural sector in the EU, producing farm commodities worth E70 billion in 2016, a sixth of the EU’s farm sales of E405 billion. The next leading farm countries were Italy and Germany, with farm sales of E53 billion each, followed by Spain E47 billion, and the UK and the Netherlands, E27 billion each.

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Whither California?

August 16, 2018

California has an eighth of Americans and state GDP of $2.7 trillion, making its economy equivalent to the world»s fifth largest, after the US, China, Japan, and Germany. California attracts risk takers who have developed agriculture, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and its future orientation prompted Poet Richard Armour to write that "What California is today, the rest will be tomorrow."

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California's Wildfires

August 16, 2018

California is having its worst fire season in a decade: 16 major fires were being fought by 14,000 firefighters in August 2018. The Mendocino Complex fire near Clear Lake was the largest in the state’s history, surpassing the 282,000 acres that burned in the Thomas Fire in Ventura county in 2017. The Carr fire near Redding generated a whirl or fire tornado with winds of over 140 miles per hour that wrapped fences around tree stumps.

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