‘People of Color’ Do Not Belong to the Democratic Party

It’s past time to start seeing voters the way they see themselves.

#asian-americans, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-and-voters

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Even as Trump Cut Immigration, Immigrants Transformed U.S.

The past four years have seen a steep reduction in immigration. But the country is becoming ever more diverse.

#border-barriers, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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New Visas Limits Would Be a Self-Inflicted Wound for the U.S.

The Trump administration wants to make it harder for foreign students, exchange visitors and journalists.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-study-and-teaching, #news-and-news-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Migrant Farmworkers Under Lockdown: ‘You’re Practically a Slave’

The guest workers have been restricted to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19. ‘I never expected to lose my freedom,’ said one, but it has successfully kept down infection rates.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #lipman-family-farms-llc, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #quarantines, #temporary-employment, #tomatoes, #virginia

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Dear Sophie: I came on a B-1 visa, then COVID-19 happened. How can I stay?

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

I’m currently in the U.S. on a business visitor visa. I arrived here in early March just before the COVID-19 pandemic began here to scope out the U.S. market for expanding the startup I co-founded in Bolivia a few years ago.

I had only planned to stay a couple months, but got stuck. Now my company has some real opportunities to expand. How can I stay and start working?

— Satisfied in San Jose

Hey, Satisfied!

Appreciative for the jobs you’ll be creating in the U.S. since you desire to remain in the U.S. and expand your startup. The U.S. economy greatly benefits from entrepreneurs like you who come here to innovate. Since you’re already in the U.S., you may have options to change your status without departing.

If you were granted a stay of six months when you were admitted most recently with your B-1 visitor visa, you can seek an extension of status for another six months. There are additional alternatives we can explore that would allow you work authorization. For more details on some of the options I’ll discuss here and for additional visa and green card options for startup founders, check out my podcast on “What is U.S. Startup Founder Immigration? A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners.”

Because most green cards (immigrant visas) take longer than nonimmigrant (temporary) visas, a conservative strategy to pursue would be to find another temporary nonimmigrant status (what is often nicknamed a “visa”) — rather than a green card, which takes longer — that will allow you to create and grow your startup in the U.S. without having to return to Bolivia.

#column, #corporate-law, #covid-19, #diversity, #e-2-visa, #foreign-workers, #green-card, #h-1b-visa, #immigration-law, #lawyers, #policy, #sophie-alcorn, #startups, #tc, #verified-experts

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‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers

Twin leaders of Myanmar’s God’s Army were once thought to have magical powers. Now adults, they are contending with the trauma of exile, alcohol and loss.

#auckland-new-zealand, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-workers, #gods-army, #htoo-johnny, #htoo-luther, #immigration-and-emigration, #karen-national-union, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sweden, #thailand

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Virus Hits Foreign Farmhands, Challenging Canadians’ Self-Image

Outbreaks at farms have made Canadians question how well their system is really protecting vulnerable migrant workers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #ontario-canada, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Trump’s Overhaul of Immigration Is Worse Than You Think

This administration has attacked every aspect of the immigration system — and it won’t be easy to undo.

#asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #foreign-workers, #frey-william-h, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #presidential-election-of-2016, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii

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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.

#foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

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Indians Firms May Benefit From Trump’s H-1B Limits

As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #visas

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Foreign Workers

The court overruled limits on visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #visas

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Even When They Lost Their Jobs, Immigrants Sent Money Home

Predictions were that immigrants would stop sending money home when the coronavirus took their jobs. But that did not take into account how determined foreign workers were to help their families.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #remittances

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A Director Turns an Immigrant Into a Modern-Day Jesus

Milo Rau has retold the Passion of Christ through the story of migrant workers in Italy fighting for rights and citizenship.

#bible, #black-people, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #matera-italy, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #rau-milo, #sagnet-yvan, #the-new-gospel-movie, #venice-international-film-festival

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Dear Sophie: Latest immigration and H-1B updates

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

“Dear Sophie” columns are accessible for Extra Crunch subscribers; use promo code ALCORN to purchase a one- or two-year subscription for 50% off.


Dear Sophie:

I work in people ops in tech. Restrictions and conditions placed on visas and green cards seem to be continuously changing.

What’s the latest for tech, such as H-1Bs and other nonimmigrant visas?

—Strong in San Francisco

Dear Strong:

And what a summer it’s been! Fortunately there’s a bunch of great news in immigration this week. I’d love to dive in to new State Department exceptions that apply for new H-1B visas at embassies and consulates around the world. This will help a lot of tech companies whose H-1B employees got stuck outside the U.S. on trips for “visa stamping” (consular interviews) earlier this year.

Before we get into that though, I wanted to share some additional and recent top immigration highlights: First, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is restarting interviews (our team just handled several naturalization interviews remotely for clients across the country) and it looks like green cards will be scheduled again soon. Second, USCIS announced that it is canceling plans to furlough more than 13,000 employees next week, thereby averting a massive slowdown of visa and green card processing. Third, for those Dreamers out there and the tech companies who love them, USCIS is starting to accept some DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewals and work permit applications.

#column, #daca, #diversity, #foreign-workers, #government, #green-card, #h-1b, #h-1b-visa, #h-4-visa, #hiring, #immigration-law, #l-1-visa, #lawyers, #policy, #sophie-alcorn, #verified-experts

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Naturalization Ceremony at R.N.C. Stands at Odds With Trump’s Stance on Immigration

The willingness to use the trappings of presidential power during a campaign convention was a stunning departure from the past.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Trump’s Fights Are Their Fights. They Have His Back Unapologetically.

Many supporters of President Trump said in interviews that he had succeeded on issues that matter to them. And they dismissed as unimportant the behavior that critics say makes him unfit for office.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foreign-workers, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?

Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.

#barbados, #bermuda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eastern-europe, #estonia, #foreign-workers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #georgia-georgian-republic, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations

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As D.N.C. Unfolds, Trump Reprises Grimmest Language of 2016 Campaign

Speaking in the border city of Yuma, Ariz., President Trump boasted about his own efforts to sharply limit immigration during his time in office.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #yuma-ariz

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The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks

Every single one needs to be picked by hand — even in a pandemic. Seasonal workers say they may be essential, but they feel disposable.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cherries, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #washington-state

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Coronavirus Leads Japan to Lock Borders, Shutting Out Foreign Workers

A pandemic policy that bars re-entry for many permanent and long-term residents has upended many lives and undercut Tokyo’s efforts to woo global capital and talent.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #japan, #travel-and-vacations

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‘Immigration Nation’ Review: The Banality of Deportation

This Netflix documentary looks at the bureaucracy of immigration enforcement — an intriguing investigation that probably won’t change any minds.

#border-patrol-us, #deportation, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #netflix-inc, #television, #web-original-programming

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They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

As the pandemic destroys paychecks, migrant workers are sending less money home, threatening an increase in poverty from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #guatemala, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #poverty, #remittances, #romania, #third-world-and-developing-countries

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The Great Au Pair Rush

When the Trump administration shut the borders to many new au pairs, those already in the country found they had something new: options.

#au-pair-in-america, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #foreign-workers, #hiring-and-promotion, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #state-department, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

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The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

#al-qaeda, #assad-bashar-al, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-council-on-foreign-relations, #european-union, #foreign-workers, #hifter-khalifa, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j

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Big Business in Bangladesh: Selling Fake Coronavirus Certificates

A hospital owner was arrested trying to flee in disguise after selling certificates saying that migrant workers were coronavirus-free. Most were never tested.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #frauds-and-swindling, #italy, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #tests-medical

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U.S. Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members

The presidential order under consideration would be based on the same statute in the Immigration and Nationality Act used in a 2017 travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #xi-jinping

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In Singapore, an Orderly Election and a (Somewhat) Surprising Result

The People’s Action Party, which has never been out of power, won yet again, but by a narrower margin than usual. The opposition had sought to deny it “a blank check.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #foreign-workers, #lee-hsien-loong, #peoples-action-party-singapore, #politics-and-government, #singapore

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Trump Appointee Might Not Extend Visas for Foreign Journalists at V.O.A.

The action could be a blow to the news-gathering abilities of Voice of America, an independently operated media agency funded by the government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #fang-bay, #foreign-workers, #miles-james-m, #news-and-news-media, #open-technology-fund, #pack-michael, #radio-free-asia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #voice-of-america

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Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States

The pandemic and economic crises have caused many workers to lose their jobs. Some have been detained, abused, deprived of wages and stranded far from home with nowhere to turn for help.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #africa, #bahrain, #beirut-lebanon, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #ethiopia, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #kenya, #kuwait, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lebanon, #middle-east, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #saudi-arabia, #uganda, #united-arab-emirates, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Immigration Officers Face Furloughs as Visa Applications Plunge

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will be furloughed because the immigration processing fees that fund the agency have plummeted.

#asylum-right-of, #budgets-and-budgeting, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #government-employees, #green-cards-us, #homeland-security-department, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Japan, the Message of Anti-Racism Protests Fails to Hit Home

A view that institutional racism is a faraway problem is keeping the country from more fully confronting entrenched discrimination.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #foreign-workers, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #immigration-and-emigration, #japan, #race-and-ethnicity

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Companies Criticize Visa Suspensions, but Impact May Be Muted for Now

President Trump’s executive order came at a time when hiring has slowed, and many U.S. consulates are not conducting interviews for temporary green cards.

#american-immigration-lawyers-assn, #center-for-immigration-studies, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #visas

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The Visas and the Fury

As President Trump moves to restrict work-based immigration, the business world — particularly Silicon Valley — is speaking out.

#foreign-workers, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #navarro-peter, #visas

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Trump Suspends H-1B and Other Visas That Allow Foreigners to Work in the U.S.

The move is fiercely opposed by business leaders, who say it will block their ability to recruit critically needed workers from countries overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Trump Suspends Visas Allowing Hundreds of Thousands of Foreigners to Work in the U.S.

The move is fiercely opposed by business leaders, who say it will block their ability to recruit critically needed workers from countries overseas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Businesses Brace for Possible Limits on Foreign Worker Visas

Citing the economic slump, the president is looking at a limit on H-1B, L-1 and other visas as well as a program allowing foreign students to work in the United States after they graduate.

#executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-economy, #visas

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For Migrants in Russia, Virus Means No Money to Live and No Way to Leave

The coronavirus has highlighted migrants’ inferior status in Russia. With no jobs, and sometimes no health care, many want to go home — but find they can’t.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #moscow-russia, #russia, #visas

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Trump Administration Moves to Solidify Restrictive Immigration Policies

The administration proposed a rule this week that would raise the standard of proof for migrants hoping to obtain asylum and is expected to propose additional visa restrictions.

#asylum-right-of, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Some Italians, the Future of Work Looks Like the Past

As the coronavirus drastically reorders society and economies, more Italians are returning to the agricultural jobs of their grandparents.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #italy, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #politics-and-government, #unemployment, #vegetables

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A Sudden Coronavirus Surge Brought Out Singapore’s Dark Side

The pandemic seemed to pass over the city-state. Then the government was blindsided by an outbreak among poor migrant workers in packed dormitories.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #singapore, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Long Before the Coronavirus, Immigrant Workers Were Essential

Pandemic or not, immigrants’ work has always been essential.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #elder-care, #elderly, #foreign-workers, #home-health-care, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #massachusetts, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #nursing-homes, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #uganda

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California Offers First Covid-19 Cash Aid to Undocumented Immigrants

An estimated 150,000 people will qualify for $75 million in state taxpayer aid. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for most federal assistance.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #unemployment

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Immigrants on H-1B and Other Work Visas May Face Deportation

The Trump administration is unlikely to allow laid-off holders of H-1B and other work visas to extend their stay in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#american-immigration-lawyers-assn, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #visas

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Filipino Musicians Drive Hong Kong’s Music Scene, but Gigs Have Dried Up

Battered by the one-two punch of protests and a pandemic, Hong Kong’s music venues have mostly gone silent. No one has felt the pinch more than singers, drummers and guitarists from the Philippines.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #hong-kong, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #music, #philippines, #pop-and-rock-music

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Legalize ‘Essential’ Coronavirus Workers

If Americans don’t want to go hungry, we need these workers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #shortages

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President Trump, I Am Not Your Enemy. I Am a Doctor.

For now, my future and that of other immigrants in America remains uncertain.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration

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‘This Isn’t the Time for Caviar’: A Chef Finds New Flavors in a Pandemic

After the coronavirus lockdown, a chef in Bangkok and his migrant staff started cooking a whole new menu and delivering food to the poor.

#bangkok-thailand, #chefs, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deepanker-khosla, #food, #foreign-workers, #haoma, #indian-food-cuisine, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #restaurants

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Economic Freeze Cuts Remittances, a Lifeline for Migrants’ Families

Migrant workers globally send hundreds of billions of dollars home every year. The economic paralysis with the coronavirus pandemic threatens that.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #michoacan-mexico, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #remittances, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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New Immigration Limits Cause Anxiety in Families and Businesses

President Trump’s move to suspend some green cards could make it harder for many immigrants to reunite with loved ones or work in the United States.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Trump Blocks Green Cards During Coronavirus

After pledging on Twitter to end immigration during the pandemic, President Trump moved to block new green cards but stopped short of ending all work visas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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