Forget Miami, Los Angeles and New York--America's newest immigrant capitals are the country's recent boom towns.
Top of the list: Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., with a 122% increase
in its foreign-born population from 2000 to 2007, according to a
Brookings Institution analysis of U.S. Census Bureau information. Also
ranking high are the metro areas of Nashville, Tenn., (74% increase),
Indianapolis (71%), Orlando, Fla., (64%) and Raleigh, N.C. (62%).
State labor authorities levied nearly $10 million in fines Wednesday for wage violations at an Iowa meatpacking plant where nearly 400 illegal immigrant workers were arrested in a raid in May.
The fines against Agriprocessors Inc.,
one of the country’s largest kosher meatpackers, were the largest wage
violations penalties ever levied in Iowa, state officials said.
About $9.6 million of the fines were for illegal paycheck deductions
the company made for protective jackets and other uniforms that
packinghouse workers were required to wear. Iowa inspectors found
96,436 deductions for uniforms from the paychecks of 2,001 workers, and
brought fines of $100 per incident.
The workers’ wages had been reduced by $192,597, Iowa officials said.
“You cannot legally deduct for clothing required by the company,”
said Kerry Koonce, a spokeswoman for Iowa Workforce Development, the
state’s labor department.
Pennsylvania, Kanjorski, a 12-term congressman, squeaked out a win
against Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, a Republican mayor who became
nationally prominent for his stand against illegal immigrants.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Kanjorski had 52 percent, and Barletta had 48 percent.
worked hard. We came up a little short in the end, but we ran a good
campaign, a clean campaign, a campaign we can be proud of," Barletta
said in his concession speech.
Barletta also lost to
Kanjorski in 2002. He told reporters that it was too early to say
whether he would mount a third challenge, but added that in a different
year, the outcome might have been different. He said a strong showing
for presidential winner Barack Obama contributed to Kanjorski's win.
pushed through a law in his community of 30,000 that sought to deny
business permits to companies that employ illegal immigrants and fine
landlords who rent to them. A federal judge struck down the ordinance
as unconstitutional but his efforts were emulated in other towns around
The next administration's preoccupation with economic crises will
likely prevent immigration advocates from capitalizing on steep losses
suffered by their foes in last week's election, delaying any attempt to
ease entry for people in the U.S. illegally.
Of the 13 House Republicans who lost their seats on Nov. 4, nine
were members of the Immigration Reform Caucus, which has opposed a path
to citizenship for the country's estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants. A 10th member, Virginia's Virgil Goode, is trailing in a
race still too close to call.