The agriculture economy in this southern Washington county churned out $1.7 billion in production in 2012. It's productivity is built on fertile soil, irrigation, and immigrants. Farmers and workers -- who increasingly live year-round in Yakima County -- both have a lot riding on federal policy.Read More...
Farmworker healthcare advocates say expanded medical services for agricultural workers have a "good return on investment" for American consumers. "If we can do our thing, we can produce a healthier workforce" for farmers, says the director…
An oral history project taught South Texas high school students to look for strength and pride in things that others dismiss as unimportant. That lesson now undergirds efforts to create the nation's first bilingual university.
The East Coast Migrant Head Start Project offers a preschool program for the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and support for their entire families. Families and employers agree “it’s a blessing.”
Rural America is long on opportunity and short on people. If the rest of America doesn’t want an influx of courageous and determined new residents, send them our way.
The privately run Stewart Detention Center, the black hole of the immigration system, is located in a rural county of 6,000 residents in southwest Georgia. It's hard to reach, and even harder to be freed from.
A new study of foreign-born rural residents finds that “economic equality is out of reach for many rural immigrants.” But immigrants who have become citizens fare much better.
With immigration offices few and far between, rural residents seeking naturalization must go to great lengths to obtain citizenship. The costs in time and transportation could discourage eligible residents from seeking to become citizens,…
American border strategy may be pushing immigrants to try illegal crossings in remote, harsh areas. As the death toll from exposure mounts, nearby communities are grappling with logistical, political, and moral concerns.