Here’s how the business community can get its way on immigration and trade
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Here’s how the business community can get its way on immigration and trade

The Federal Reserve’s so-called Beige Book, released on Wednesday, found that “Outlooks remained positive, but contacts in various sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation expressed concern about the newly imposed and/or proposed tariffs.” The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was only one of the regional banks to echo that concern. “Outlooks, while still optimistic, have become more uncertain due to new tariffs and trade concerns.” In the manufacturing sector specifically the Dallas Fed warned, “Expectations regarding future business conditions remained optimistic, although several contacts noted that the newly enacted tariffs were creating a lot of uncertainty in their outlooks for activity and prices.” Continue reading

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Why Trump’s effort to curb immigration could hurt US economy

Lost in the immigration debate raging in Washington is the vital economic role played by immigrants who don’t have the education, training or skills that the Trump administration and many Republicans in Congress say should be a pre-requisite. Economists say that especially with unemployment at a 17-year low and the growth of the workforce slowing, immigrants — skilled as well as unskilled — are vital to the economy. Continue reading