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Administrative Updates for March 23, 2009

March 23, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

H-2A Regulations to be Suspended: On March 17, the Department of Labor published a notice in the Federal Register stating the administration’s intent to suspend regulations guiding the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program for nine months.  Just before relinquishing the reigns of government, the Bush administration issued regulations for the temporary worker program that effectively lessened worker protections for agricultural workers.  Those regulations went into effect on January 17.  The Bush administration regulations are being litigated by United Farm Workers and other groups.  In the place of the Bush administration’s regulations, the Department intends to substitute the old regulations that were in place prior to January 17th.  There is a 10-day comment period. For more information, see Farmworker Justice’s Press Release.

Detention Conditions: In the past week, there have been two more reports issued on conditions in immigration detention.  One was issued by the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), “Dying for Decent Care: Bad Medicine in Immigration Custody.”  That report can be obtained on FIAC’s Web site.  The other report was released by Human Rights Watch, “Detained and Dismissed: Women’s Struggles to Obtain Health Care in United States Immigration Detention.”  That report can be obtained from the Web site of Human Rights Watch.

DOJ Launches Investigation of MCSO: On March 10, the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division sent a letter to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office, noting that the Justice Department is opening an investigation of the Sheriff’s Office regarding allegations of national origin discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and for other reasons.  For more information, read the Forum’s Press Release on this issue.

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