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For Unskilled Workers, Getting A Visa Is Hard
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that economies all over the Southeast have come to rely on the labor of undocumented aliens who can't enter legally to work in places like poultry plants and carpet mills, because there is no visa category to cover low-wage jobs that require unskilled labor.
Undocumented Aliens Fearful Of INS Sweeps
The Naples Daily News reports that sightings of a marked INS bus has led to fears of arrest and deportation in the undocumented immigrant community in Collier County, Florida, and suggests that government measures such as the new procedures for the issuance of Florida driver licenses for undocumented persons and cross-training of cops to serve as INS agents has caused panic and paranoia in the community.
Agency Puts Heat On Undocumented Workers
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Social Security Administration has stepped up its program of notifying employers when there is a problem matching employee names with Social Security numbers, with an estimated 750,000 no-match letters to be sent out this year, whereas about 110,000 letters were sent out last year.
Visa Function May Be Pulled From State Department
The Washington Post says that when details of the Homeland Security Department legislation emerge, the visa function may be pulled from the State Department.
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