Immigrant workforce reaches near record level

Jul 6, 2023
Foreign-born workers are continuing to play a crucial role in a tight job market.
Tisheeka Wallace is assistant manager of Pacci's Trattoria, where immigrants make up one-fifth of the workforce.
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Immigrant women are increasingly running their own businesses

Jun 6, 2023
Roughly 11% of immigrant women are entrepreneurs, according to the American Immigration Council.
Ummehaani Karimjee began her flower design business Beginnings by UK after building up clientele through her religious community.
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Immigrants help fill gaps in trucking workforce

Mar 6, 2023
Trucking is an increasingly immigrant-driven industry as U.S.-born drivers retire and demand to move freight remains high.
Like many trades, trucking doesn’t attract U.S.-born workers like it used to. The hours are long, and the median pay is around $48,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
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Has the drop in immigration contributed to inflation?

Jan 20, 2023
Immigrants have accounted for a major share of labor force growth for years, increasing production, which keeps inflation lower, experts say.
Immigration to the U.S. dropped dramatically during the pandemic. Above, new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Massachusetts on Jan. 5.
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How day laborers are feeling the effects of inflation

Many day laborers are having difficulties paying bills because of rising prices and fewer work opportunities.
Day laborers wait for offers of work outside the Don Bosco workers center in Port Chester, New York.
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This fourth-generation farmer cultivates new ideas

Aug 23, 2022
Amber Balakian went "to college thinking, 'I'm going to do something else and get away from everything.' I actually ended up coming back."
Amber Balakian, a co-owner of Balakian Farms in Fresno, California. "It's not always easy to make those changes ... but I think it's worth it in the end,” she says.
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Ukrainians will soon be eligible for temporary protected status. What does that mean?

Apr 6, 2022
It lets people get work permits and protects them from deportation. The status does not offer a path to citizenship.
While Ukrainians will soon be eligible for temporary protected status, it is not a path to citizenship and doesn't include eligibility for programs like federal housing assistance or food stamps.
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For many immigrants, the eviction crisis has already begun

Sep 1, 2020
Undocumented tenants have the same rights when it comes to evictions. But they often can't come forward to report abuse.
Renters and housing advocates attend a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions amid the Coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles.
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For workers with DACA status, Supreme Court ruling means fewer worries about job security

Jun 19, 2020
DACA recipients still have to renew their work authorization every two years.
If the Trump administration tries to eliminate DACA again, it’ll introduce more uncertainty into the employer-employee relationship.
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It's not just undocumented immigrants who could be left out of the stimulus money

Apr 2, 2020
U.S. citizens with an undocumented spouse or child would also be denied a check.
Stay-at-home orders in California and elsewhere have exempted farmworkers. Above, farmworkers harvest zucchini Wednesday in Florida.
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