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immigration http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1116/all en Welcome to America: New citizens take oath in New Haven ceremony http://www.addisonindependent.com/201404welcome-america-new-citizens-take-oath-new-haven-ceremony <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-22776" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201404welcome-america-new-citizens-take-oath-new-haven-ceremony"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Beeman6645.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Beeman6645.jpg" title="Beeman6645.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE John M. Conroy shook hands with each of the 21 new U.S. citizens after they gave their Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in New Haven Monday. Also pictured are Suzanne Kern, far right, of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Insup Shin, a U.S. Marshal. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">NEW HAVEN &mdash; John Ben Modi stood solemnly in a neatly pressed gray suit, eyes closed, his right hand raised.</span></p> <p> The Hon. Judge John M. Conroy, robed and bespectacled, read from a piece of paper on the podium in front of him.</p> <p> &ldquo;I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.&rdquo;</p> <p> Modi repeated the words.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22780">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201404welcome-america-new-citizens-take-oath-new-haven-ceremony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Beeman Elementary Conroy Featured immigration Naturalization Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:17:45 +0000 Zach Despart 22780 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Red tape rules at the local DMV http://www.addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-red-tape-rules-local-dmv <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Leon H. Smith </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">I am a lifelong resident of the state of Vermont currently residing in the town of Middlebury. Recently, I received a license renewal notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including information regarding the Real ID Act. Acting on the information provided and the need to renew my license, I went to the mobile DMV office at the courthouse in Middlebury on Feb. 19 in the afternoon. What ensued is an example of how far this great state and the USA as a whole, have strayed from sanity.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22133">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-red-tape-rules-local-dmv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion democracy DMV immigration Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:14:34 +0000 Zach Despart 22133 at http://www.addisonindependent.com 'Blue Card' would aid foreign dairy workers http://www.addisonindependent.com/201311blue-card-would-aid-foreign-dairy-workers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">VERMONT &mdash; A bill passed in June by the U.S. Senate would overhaul the nation&rsquo;s immigration policy and grant legal protection to foreign nationals already working in the country.</span></p> <p> Vermont dairy farmers are looking for immigration reform such as this because they find it difficult to fulfill their labor needs without a federally recognized legal status for all migrant workers. Those farms increasingly depend on foreign labor due to a lack of available labor.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/20079">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201311blue-card-would-aid-foreign-dairy-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Congress Conlon immigration USDA Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:59:18 +0000 Zach Despart 20079 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Thirty Brandon area residents become American citizens http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305thirty-brandon-area-residents-become-american-citizens <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Two Canadians who moved to Vermont in September 2001 became U.S. citizens last week at the Neshobe School in Brandon.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Bryan Holland, 38, from Newfoundland, began his volunteer rescue career in Essex on Sept. 11, 2001. Arabella Finlayson, 41, moved to Burlington from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;It definitely made some of my relatives nervous,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo; But I really wanted to be here.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16907">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305thirty-brandon-area-residents-become-american-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon Featured immigration Mon, 13 May 2013 15:36:37 +0000 xian 16907 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Migrant farm workers tell their stories with art at Folklife Center http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202migrant-farm-workers-tell-their-stories-art-folklife-center <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-10770" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201202migrant-farm-workers-tell-their-stories-art-folklife-center"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/diorama6288.thumbnail.jpg" alt="diorama6288.jpg" title="diorama6288.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERMONT ARTIST B. AMORE has curated and contributed to “Invisble Odysseys,” the Vermont Folklife Center’s current exhibit by migrant farm workers. Amore’s piece, framed by used work gloves, traces the journeys made by Addison and Franklin county migrant farm workers. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; For &ldquo;A.B.,&rdquo; the artist behind one of the dioramas on display at the Vermont Folklife Center, the family with blank faces near the back of the box represents her own experience as an undocumented migrant worker in Vermont.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> &ldquo;The majority of people here don&rsquo;t see us. You see our work, but not our faces,&rdquo; she said, gesturing to the cow barns made of brightly colored paper and the backdrop of cows in a field within the diorama.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10753">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202migrant-farm-workers-tell-their-stories-art-folklife-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury agriculture immigration Vermont Folklife Center Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:00:08 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 10753 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Mexican consul's visit shines a light on county's hidden workers http://www.addisonindependent.com/201112mexican-consuls-visit-shines-light-countys-hidden-workers <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A visit from the Mexican consul general last Saturday brought out hundreds of members of an often invisible population in Addison County.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> In a fair-like atmosphere at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury, Mexican nationals &mdash; many of them workers on area dairy farms &mdash; applied for passports and ID cards, registered to vote, sought medical help and received guidance on labor rights and educational opportunities from staff of the Mexican Consulate in Boston and from various other organizations.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10165">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201112mexican-consuls-visit-shines-light-countys-hidden-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury agriculture immigration Mexican consulate Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:00:12 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 10165 at http://www.addisonindependent.com A Mexican farmworker tells his own story http://www.addisonindependent.com/201112mexican-farmworker-tells-his-own-story <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A normally hidden population was visible in Middlebury last Saturday, when Mexican nationals gathered to meet with Daniel Hernandez Joseph, consul general of Mexico in Boston, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> Luis, who asked that his real name not be used to protect his privacy, was one of hundreds of farm workers who headed to Middlebury to get Mexican passports and paperwork, to ask questions, learn about their rights and obligations and to attend to basic medical needs.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10153">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201112mexican-farmworker-tells-his-own-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury agriculture immigration Mexican consulate Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:00:00 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 10153 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Vt. State Police implement bias-free policy on immigration enforcement http://www.addisonindependent.com/201111vt-state-police-implement-bias-free-policy-immigration-enforcement <p> VERMONT &mdash; A new Vermont State Police policy seeks to separate federal immigration enforcement and local policing, placing Vermont&rsquo;s policies in stark contrast with states across the country that are seeking to clamp down on immigration violations.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9971">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201111vt-state-police-implement-bias-free-policy-immigration-enforcement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont bias-free policing immigration VSP Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:00:03 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 9971 at http://www.addisonindependent.com