Rep. Gowdy Chosen to Lead House Immigration Subcommittee

“House leaders chose a vocal opponent of illegal immigration to head up the chamber’s immigration subcommittee, which will play an integral role in the upcoming debates on how to reform the nation’s immigration laws. Incoming House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced Tuesday that Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former South Carolina prosecutor who was part of the GOP freshman wave of 2010, will head the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security,” USA Today reports.

The Seven Immigration Mistakes Businesses Make

“Based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and various year-end publications about the actions brought against employers for immigration violations in 2012, we have compiled a short list of exposures that employers should have a plan for preventing in 2013. Here are seven of the most common mistakes that were made by employers of foreign-born residents this year,” says JDsupra.com.

Farworkers vs Farmers in Upcoming Immigration Fight

“Farmworkers and their advocates want to see workers given permanent legal status. This would give farmworkers more rights, as well as more dignity by recognizing their place in the U.S. and the role they play in our economy and our food system. Some industry groups, however, are pushing for solutions like the American Farm Bureau Federation’s proposed an “ag card” program, or a temporary work visa,” says a report at Grist.org.

“‘We vigorously oppose those kinds of guest worker programs,’ said Bruce Goldstein, president of the advocacy group Farmworker Justice. In the coming months, he predicts ‘a public policy battle over whether this country will go down the path of becoming a nation of guest workers or will retain its history into the future as a nation of immigrants.'”