Health/Food Posts Tagged as 'Immigration'
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Chinese tourists are opting out of travel to the US in favor of the rest of the world
In 2018, Chinese tourists made nearly 150 million trips around the world, spending a colossal $277 billion. More than $36 billion, or about 13% of that sum, was spent in the US, with Chinese visitors spending it up in Hawaii, Hollywood, and other big-ticket US destinations.
Since the start of the trade war, however, Chinese tourism to the US is down by more than 8%. The number of Chinese visitors stateside is waning—due to geopolitical pressures, a strong dollar, and the seductive call of the rest of the world.
ICE targeting employers who offer work to undocumented immigrants, agency says
U.S. immigration authorities have begun targeting businesses nationwide that offer work to undocumented immigrants in what they are calling “worksite enforcement surges” and will pursue criminal charges where warranted, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.
Immigration officials so far have served 3,282 businesses with notices of inspection between July 15 and July 19, warning them that their records will be audited. Officials said notices won’t stop there and will continue to be rolled out across the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
ICE would not give a breakdown on how many were issued in Florida.
Children Cannot Parent Other Children
A fundamental truth about children is that they have needs they cannot themselves fulfill. They need people who acquire and prepare food for them, and people who look out for their safety and cleanliness. Beyond those material needs, they also need people who care for them emotionally, tending to them when they are sick and supporting them through tough times. Normally these duties fall to parents, but they can also fall to relatives, family friends, babysitters, teachers, or social workers. At the border, in detention centers, they are falling to other detained children, a harrowing detail in a sea of harrowing details now being reported.
Lawyers who visited a border station in Clint, Texas, this week told the Associated Press that during their visit, they encountered small children who had been taken from their parents under the Trump administration’s family-separation policy, some of them infants and toddlers, who are receiving little time or attention from adult caregivers or supervisors. Instead, some detained children receive affection and care—such as being held, rocked, bathed, fed, and even changed—only from other, slightly older detained children. As the AP reported Saturday:
Americans Just Want Immigrants for the Food
In 2016, Donald Trump posed in front of a taco bowl, fresh from Trump Tower Grill, and declared “I love Hispanics!” It fooled only the very gullible. Taco bowls, while delicious, are to Mexico what unlimited salad and breadsticks are to Tuscany, and his love for one didn’t stop him from trapping hundreds of Latinx migrants at border camps. Trump can eat as many taco bowls as he wants, but he’s still racist.
Unfortunately, a new survey confirms that Americans, and people all over the world, tend to have Trump’s mindset when it comes to immigrants (or just non-white people), their contributions to culture, and their food. A YouGov survey of seven European countries and the U.S. found that the “most commonly agreed benefit of immigration has been better food.” The only country that responded differently was France, where everyone was more focused on how immigrants could make their soccer team better. And while the food may be a boon, Americans at least are still worried about providing welfare to migrants, and the (unfounded) crime risk of letting immigrants into the country. Though Americans were the most accepting of any of the countries surveyed, just “one in four Americans (30%) believe [immigration] only brings benefits.” We want your food...we just don’t want you.
Trump is failing to bring back American jobs
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is campaigning in battleground states with a new slogan: “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”
But Trump’s message isn’t ringing true with working-class voters like Renee Elliott, a Democrat who cast her ballot for Trump in 2016. Elliott - who lost her job at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis after Trump promised to save it from being outsourced Mexico - thinks Trump’s slogan should be the opposite - “Promises made, none of them kept.”
Trump won the White House by selling himself to voters like Elliott and vowing to deliver “more jobs and better wages” by bringing jobs back to the U.S. Trump’s pro-worker message helped him score upset victories in Democratic strongholds that have been hard-hit by outsourcing and the disappearance of good union jobs.
But 18 months into his term, Trump has betrayed his promises to the working-class voters like Elliott who helped him to the Oval Office.
Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration
Inside London's anti-Trump bar that's raising money for refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights
Twumps in London is an anti-Trump bar. It opened to raise money for charities supporting refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights.
The bar is designed to look like Trump's NYC penthouse, with a lot of gold furniture made to look cheap and nasty on purpose.
Americans Are Renouncing Citizenship at a Record Pace
In the third quarter of this year, 1,376 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship, putting the annual tally on track to top 2016’s record, data from the Treasury Department show.
If this year’s fourth quarter mirrors that of 2016, when 2,365 people chose to expatriate, 2017’s annual tally would be 6,813. That’s a 26 percent rise from 2016’s total of 5,411—which was itself a 26 percent jump from 2015.
All the relief money in the world won't rebuild Houston. Undocumented workers will.
As the waters recede, Houston families and insurance agents are surveying the damage to the city: water-logged homes, ruined appliances, sagging roofs, and streets littered with debris.
Now the city faces this question: Who is going to rebuild the nation’s fourth-largest city as construction companies nationwide struggle to find workers?
Unauthorized immigrants were crucial to rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And they are likely to be desperately needed as Texas rebuilds to clean streets, demolish buildings, and reconstruct homes and offices.
But it’s a hostile time to be undocumented in Texas. Even beyond the Trump administration’s harsh rhetoric and actions on immigration, Texas leaders are engaged in a crackdown on unauthorized immigrants, passing a slew of laws to make it harder for them to live and work in the state. In such an environment, these laborers might not stick around for the work that will be needed.
It's Really Happening: People Are Fleeing The US Because Of Trump
Near the small Canadian town of Saint-Bernard-De-Lacolle, authorities are scrambling to deal with an influx of refugees who've walked across the border from the United States — and want to make Canada their home.
What are they fleeing? “Trump,” Esse, a middle-aged Haitian man who wanted only his first name used, told BuzzFeed News.
Esse, who first came to the US five years ago, used to live in Florida. He didn’t want his photograph taken, and as he spoke, slowly and carefully enunciating only a few words, he kept a lookout for the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) personnel. They didn’t want him to speak to journalists, he said.
He had been in the camp for four days, arriving at the border on Monday. Yes, they were looking after him, he said, and yes, he was “OK”; conditions in the camp were fine. But the food was, he shrugged, spreading his hands, “so-so," and he smiled.
Esse is one of an unknown number of Haitians who've fled the US for Canada.
California Cities Are Trying to Shun the Companies That Build Trump’s Wall
Back at home, however, they issue billions of dollars in procurement contracts to some of the same construction companies that are bidding to build the wall along the U.S-Mexico border. Maybe it’s there, politicians reason, that they could make their voice heard.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to draw up a law to require firms bidding for city contracts to disclose their role in the border wall. Oakland and Berkeley have already said they will not do business with companies involved in design and construction of the wall. Similar efforts have been proposed in San Francisco and New York, and California state legislators have taken aim both at contracting with companies who work on the wall and using state pension funds to invest in them.
'Broken' immigration system leaves Californian farmers short of labour
Why Mexican immigrants are among least likely to become US citizens
As President Donald Trump ramps up deportation efforts, immigrant rights advocates are urging eligible immigrants to waste no time in becoming U.S. citizens.
But especially in Southern California — where people from Mexico make up the majority of immigrants — a new study says the task is not so simple.
Many factors prevent immigrants, specifically those from Mexico, from achieving U.S. citizenship, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found. The obstacles include citizenship costs and language barriers.
The overall percentage of lawful immigrants applying for and gaining citizenship is higher than it has been in more than two decades. But Mexicans, in terms of naturalization rate, lag well behind green-card holders eligible to apply from other parts of the globe, Pew reported.
Mexicans, according to Pew, are the single largest group of lawful immigrants by country of origin.
The US is 'flatlining' in social progress compared to countries like Canada and Germany
While much of northern Europe continues to provide affordable healthcare, promote equality, and minimize poverty rates, across the Atlantic the US is getting more divided and less tolerant.
In the 2017 Social Progress Index, a ranking of 128 nations looking at quality of life, the US is 18th out of 128. Michael Green, the CEO of SPI, said the US was "flatlining," primarily due to its falling scores on measures of tolerance and inclusion.
"Compared to other countries with similar GDP, the US is lagging in its homicide rates, terrorism, and its traffic deaths," Green told Business Insider.
But the country also fell well below other nations, including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Canada, and Sweden, because of its poor scores on information and communication. The category measures a country's access to the internet, mobile phone subscriptions, and level of press freedom.
Delta passenger says he was targeted over ‘color and race’ by flight attendant, LaGuardia Airport cops
A Moroccan-born Delta airlines passenger says he was targeted by an abrasive flight attendant and berated by police at LaGuardia Airport — even though he did nothing more than snooze his way through the short flight.
Yassine Siqal, 30, was returning from a visit to North Carolina on May 8 with his fiancée when he says he encountered a travel experience from hell.
“I will never forget this day,” said Siqal, who is a Muslim and lives in Astoria, Queens. “All this interrogation, all these questions. Then the police officer realized that this is nothing more than just discrimination against color and race.”
Siqal said he was nodding off on the 90-minute flight when the flight attendant barked at him that he should move to a seat in an empty row across the aisle. He said he declined because he wanted to stay in his assigned spot next to his girlfriend.
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In a Trump-defying move, California's Senate passes sanctuary state bill
San Francisco (CNN)In defiance of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, the California Senate passed a bill to limit state and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Senate Bill 54, which unofficially has been called a "sanctuary state" bill, bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources, including money, facility, property, equipment or personnel, to help with immigration enforcement. They would be prohibited from asking about immigration status, giving federal immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody or assisting them in immigration enforcement.
The bill passed the Senate in a 27-12 vote along party lines with Democrats in support and Republicans in opposition.
Workshop prepares teachers to help and protect immigrant students
When teachers meet to talk immigration, their stories can be wrenching:
Undocumented parents afraid to drop their kids off at school. A soccer league visited by immigration agents one weekend, and players too fearful to turn out the following week. A sixth grader with ICE agents at her door, frantically texting her sixth-grade teacher. A student sick with worry because her day laborer father is afraid to seek work, terrified that he could be snared in a raid.
Such were among the stories shared Wednesday at “Protecting Our Immigrant Students,” a workshop sponsored by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.