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Immigration reform seen as key to U.S. AI leadership

Sep 15, 2023
If the U.S. fails to attract and retain foreign AI talent, the biggest winner could be Canada.
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The economic cost of waiting at the border in limbo

Aug 3, 2023
Those waiting on an asylum request often can't move forward with a job, housing or education.
Asylum seekers wait at the pedestrian crossing at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana. Some spend weeks, months or longer at or near the border, hoping to be granted asylum.
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The growing business of immigrant surveillance

Aug 2, 2023
Under the Biden administration, there’s been a rapid expansion of the electronic monitoring of immigrant families and individuals waiting for their immigration cases to move through the courts over several years. This investment in surveillance and case management tech is throwing private prison companies a lifeline.
A migrant charges his ankle monitor battery at an immigration facility in Texas. The use of ankle bracelets and GPS monitoring for recent border crossers with pending cases has ballooned under the Biden administration.
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Why is Latin America's economy lagging in its pandemic recovery?

Aug 1, 2023
William Maloney, chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, says inflation is only part of the puzzle.
The World Bank's main purpose is to provide assistance to countries with high poverty rates and improve economic growth worldwide.
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WhatsApp has streamlined business communication for human smuggling

Aug 1, 2023
Social media has transformed global communication, benefiting those who are in the business of guiding and transporting migrants seeking better lives.
Social media and direct messaging apps, like WhatsApp, have become a major asset in the lucrative business of human smuggling.
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For asylum seekers, access to the U.S. hinges on a phone app that's challenging to use

Jun 13, 2023
Some migrants have spent months logging on everyday, scrambling for an appointment through the CBP One app.
Above, Immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.-Mexico border on May 13. Each day, tens of thousands of migrants scramble to secure one of the 1,000 daily asylum appointments on the CBP One app.
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2 years after fall of Kabul, thousands of Afghan refugees are stuck in legal limbo

Jun 8, 2023
Many Afghan refugees are in the U.S. as parolees, without a clear path to citizenship. Their parole is set to expire within months.
An Afghan refugee family passes temporary housing at a New Jersey Air Force base in December 2021. Many Afghans are in the U.S. as parolees without a clear path to citizenship.
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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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Private prisons anticipate business opportunity after Title 42

May 12, 2023
Two companies talked a lot about the ending of the Title 42 immigration policy in recent earnings calls.
Private prisons rely heavily on immigration detention contracts. Above, an immigrant detention facility in Virginia.
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As Title 42 ends, the strong U.S. economy is a major draw for migrants

May 11, 2023
Available jobs and better wages are helping shape the immigration patterns of people leaving their home countries for safer conditions.
Immigrants seeking asylum line up in Yuma, Arizona, on May 11. An increasing number of migrants are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as Title 42 expires.
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