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For one immigrant who returned to Mexico, a long road to opportunity

by Jorge Valencia Mar 20, 2019
In 2010, shortly after Arizona had passed the controversial immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070, Jessica Gonzalez was riding a bus through downtown Phoenix when it passed a crowds of protesters and counter-protesters. Gonzalez remembers being the only person…
Jessica Gonzalez, an immigrant who grew up in Arizona, returned to Mexico after the signing of sweeping immigration law known as SB 1070.
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Undocumented immigrants quietly pay billions into Social Security and receive no benefits

by Nina Roberts Jan 28, 2019
How much? About $13 billion in 2016.
Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at a U.S. Treasury printing facility.
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What does public charge proposal mean for hospitals that treat immigrants?

by Erika Beras Dec 10, 2018
Today is the final day for comment for the Trump administration’s public charge proposal that would make it harder for immigrants to qualify for citizenship if they’ve used public benefits, including SNAP, public housing and Medicaid. Immigrants who’ve received cash…
Immigrants make up roughly 12 percent of the population in this country, but account for just 8.6 percent of heath care expenditures. 
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Investing while foreign-born: The advantages of being an immigrant venture capitalist

by Nina Roberts Dec 6, 2018
Immigrants comprise 13.2 percent of the U.S. population, yet 20.6 percent of the country’s entrepreneurs are immigrants, according to a 2016 report from the New American Economy.
Co-founders of One Way Venture in Boston, Semyon Dukach and Eveline Buchatskiy.
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As the nail salon industry booms, its workers pay the price

by , and Dec 5, 2018
The UCLA Labor Center's recent national study "Nail Files" found wage violations, harassment and surveillance.
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Immigrants use health services at a lower rate than people born in the U.S.

by Erika Beras Aug 8, 2018
A report out today in the Journal of Health Services contradicts a common narrative.
Immigrants make up roughly 12 percent of the population in this country, but account for just 8.6 percent of heath care expenditures. 
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New NHS rule requiring patients to prove residency has implications for undocumented immigrants

by Hannah Harris Green May 21, 2018
The U.K.’s National Health Service provides free, universal healthcare to U.K. residents. In the past, the NHS would provide treatment without knowing patients’ residency status, but new rules put in place in October mean that clinics now must ask for…

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Workers from out of state and other countries have helped Texas, study says

by Renata Sago Apr 3, 2018
The Texas economy has grown about twice as fast as the rest of the country over the past decade, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. And a new report by the Dallas Fed finds one reason is that…

Agribusinesses seek legal presence for unauthorized workers in the U.S.

by Peggy Lowe Dec 5, 2017
With an employee shortage, the agricultural sector needs immigrant labor to fill all open positions.
Two Spanish-speaking cowboys check cattle at one of the largest feedlots in the U.S., located in southwest Kansas. The owner of the feedlot would like federal immigration reform to allow for a “legal presence” for undocumented workers.
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President Donald Trump is considering eliminating diversity lottery visas. What would be the economic impact?

by Reema Khrais Nov 22, 2017
Today is the last day for people around the world to apply to what’s known as the diversity lottery program. That’s the program that gives U.S. visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration. The recent round of…