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Is Immigration at Its Limit? Not for Employers

As unemployment rates nationwide have sunk to record lows, filching workers — from kitchens and construction sites, warehouses and Walmarts, truck cabs and nursing homes — has become routine. In cities like Miami that are magnets for immigrants, newcomers have filled some job openings, but employers across several industries and states insist that many more are needed for their businesses to function, let alone grow. Continue reading

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‘Welcome to America’: Arturo Castro on why random mass shootings make ‘absolutely no sense’ to many Hispanic immigrants

My heart is with the victims of the California, Ohio and Texas terrorist attacks. My heart is with victims of everyday gun violence. As long as I have a voice, I’ll use it in defense of those who don’t. I’ll use it to help people see more clearly who we are and to disarm the hatred that has ravaged marginalized people everywhere. Continue reading

How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa
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How Trump Can Use Welfare To Stymie Immigration — And Vice Versa

″It’s an opportunity to fuel the nativist fire and scapegoat immigrants as a drain on our economy,” said Wendy Cervantes, senior policy analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonpartisan organization that works to improve the lives of low-income people.

The U.S. government has almost always had a rule against legal permanent resident status for anyone who might become a “public charge,” meaning someone who is likely to wind up on welfare. The proposed rule, which will not take effect for at least 60 days and is subject to change, would broaden the criteria the government can use to deny applicants. Continue reading

If You Care About Immigrants, Prove It In The Midterm Elections
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If You Care About Immigrants, Prove It In The Midterm Elections

This election year, however, things are poised to be different ― and I am not just talking about the expected “blue wave” that many are so desperately working toward. Many people who didn’t before understand just how badly our nation’s immigration system is broken are coming to terms with the reality that deportation and family separation don’t just affect individual immigrants ― they affect entire communities. Continue reading