How Houston Is Overhauling Homelessness and More: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

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Illegal Immigration Is Down, Changing the Face of California Farms

Farmers are turning to workers on seasonal visas and mechanizing what they can. Many labor-intensive crops are shifting south of the border.

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A Woman Alone in Oman: Three Weeks Along the Arabian Coast

In December, a photographer set off on a 2,600-mile road trip, traveling from the Yemeni border to the Strait of Hormuz. Here’s what she saw.

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They Grew Up Legally in the U.S., but Can’t Stay After They Turn 21

Children of temporary visa holders who can’t gain permanent residency are one of several groups urging the Biden administration to act on an immigration overhaul.

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French Lessons for the Biden Administration

Macron’s victory is a reminder to Democrats to find the center on immigration.

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What to Know About 2022 World Cup Travel to Qatar

Tickets are on sale for the world’s most popular sporting event, but concerns over worker exploitation and laws against homosexuality have complicated the decision to attend for some fans.

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In a Georgia Mill Town, Soccer Presents a New Opportunity

Dalton, Ga., has not always welcomed the Mexican immigrants who came to work in its carpet mills. But the community is united behind its powerhouse high school soccer teams.

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U.S. to Provide 35,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, said the decision was meant to help American businesses in need of workers as the summer approaches.

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Gurkha Veterans Fight a Colonial-Era Legacy Still Shaping Nepal

Nepal’s best and brightest have been recruited while young to fight for Britain for over 200 years, with their pay and pensions a fraction of their fellow British soldiers’ for much of that time.

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Amid Slowdown, Immigration Is Driving U.S. Population Growth

A declining birthrate and pandemic deaths helped drive U.S. population growth to historic lows. But immigration appears to be back on the rise.

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What Economists Think About Immigration Doesn’t Really Matter

Public perception of the issue is shaped more by culture than by data.

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U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

A special visa offer, aimed at forestalling a supply chain fiasco during the holidays, goes begging for takers.

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Contending with the Pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants

Covid kept many people in place. Now several developed countries, facing aging labor forces and worker shortages, are racing to recruit, train and integrate foreigners.

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The Searing Beauty, and Harsh Reality, of a Kentucky Tobacco Harvest

At a family farm in Shelby County, a group of 26 men from Nicaragua and Mexico perform the grueling seasonal work that Americans largely avoid.

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Black Farmworkers Say They Lost Jobs to Foreigners Who Were Paid More

Longtime field laborers in the Mississippi Delta said in a lawsuit that they were asked to train white guest workers from South Africa before losing their jobs to them.

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Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

BAPS, a prominent sect, faces accusations of exploiting low-caste laborers from India to run massive temples around the country.

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Democrats’ Plan to Overhaul Legal Immigration Focuses on Green Card Backlog

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

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Green Card Backlog Focus of Democrats’ Latest Immigration Effort

A proposal in President Biden’s social spending bill would make hundreds of thousands of unused green cards available for immigrants. But it faces an uncertain future under Senate rules.

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Missing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges

Fewer foreign people have been able to work in the U.S. amid the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the potential labor force.

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Boris Johnson Promotes Rising Wages Amid Shortages in U.K.

Wages in some industries are rising because employers can’t find enough workers. That’s not a path to long-term growth, analysts say.

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What Biden Is Still Getting Wrong on Immigration

Migrant workers in America are in limbo. It’s time to change things.

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Biden Ends Workplace Immigration Raids, Reversing Trump Policy

The change comes during a labor shortage in the United States, offering reassurance that undocumented workers are not at risk of being deported en masse.

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The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

How Asians arrived in America.

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Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays

Military personnel are driving transport trucks. Pig farmers may start culling their stock. Even the government says shortages will affect Christmas, as Britons brace for a challenging winter.

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U.K. Gas Shortages Reveal New Crucial Workers: Truck Drivers

Dwindling pay, poor roadside conditions and post-Brexit immigration rules have led to a critical shortage of drivers. Despite appeals, some say they are reluctant to return.

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U.K. Offers Thousands of Visas to Foreign Truckers to Ease Driver Shortage

The move reflects growing alarm within the government about a disruption to supplies that has prompted panic buying and, in some cases, caused fuel to run out at gas stations.

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Who Has the Cure for America’s Declining Population? Canada.

Let states bring in workers from around the world, based on their labor needs.

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Decline in Immigration Threatens Growth of Regions on the Rise

Immigrants helped make places like Northwest Arkansas economic dynamos. But their dwindling numbers, a big factor in slower population growth, could have long-term repercussions.

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After Coronavirus Pandemic and Brexit, UK Begins to See Worker Gaps

As the country’s economy restarts after months of closures, staffing shortages have emerged in some industries. The impact of leaving the European Union could be part of the problem.

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British Restaurants Are Battling a Staff Crisis, Worsened by Brexit

A shortage of workers is forcing restaurants to turn away eager customers and confront a bigger problem: how to make hospitality an industry where people want to work.

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Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

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The Luckiest Workers in America? Teenagers.

Teens are picking up jobs — and higher wages — as companies scramble to hire. But that trend could have a downside.

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For Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers During Covid, Discrimination Is Its Own Epidemic

The government has repeatedly singled out the city’s poor migrant workers as “high risk” for the coronavirus, though actual infection rates are low.

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They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home

Thousands of immigrants who live in the United States on temporary visas and traveled to India in recent weeks have been stranded there under the Biden administration’s travel ban.

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As India’s Covid Crisis Rages, Nearby Countries Brace for the Worst

Vaccine shortages, porous borders and fleeing migrant workers have nearby countries fearing that they will share India’s fate.

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Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple

Federal agents descended on the massive temple in Robbinsville, N.J., as a lawsuit claimed low-caste men had been lured from India to work for about $1 an hour.

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Luring Labor as a Beach Economy Booms

Restaurants are cutting lunch hours and gas stations are paying signing bonuses as a beach town’s boom serves as a possible preview to the nation.

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Immigration Courts Aren’t Real Courts. Time to Change That.

As long as these judges are subject to political pressures, there can be no true judicial process.

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Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.

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Domestic Workers in the Gulf Open Up About Labor Conditions on Tiktok

Foreign employees in wealthy households — most of them women — have been using the video-sharing app to bring abuses to light.

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The Real Reason for the Border Crisis

No one is holding American employers to account for their willingness to hire millions of unauthorized immigrants.

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As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

An agonizing choice for nearly 200 people holed up in a hotel as gunmen roamed unchecked: Wait overnight for rescue? Or make a run for it?

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House Votes to Give Millions of Dreamers and Farmworkers a Path to Citizenship

Democrats vowed the votes would be the first step toward enacting President Biden’s immigration agenda. But Republicans galvanized by border politics promised to stop even the most popular measures.

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Without Backpackers to Pick Them, Crops Rot by the Ton in Australia

The pandemic has exposed the shaky labor foundation of the country’s agriculture industry, spurring calls for an immigration overhaul.

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Biden Revokes Trump’s Pause on Green Cards

Since taking office, President Biden has issued several executive orders and directives aimed at lifting restrictions on immigrants put in place over the past four years.

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Covid Emptied Europe’s Cities. What Will Bring People Back?

City life came to a standstill from London to Berlin when the coronavirus struck. Now worries of a lasting exodus are pushing urban authorities to address long-festering problems.

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Colombia Makes ‘Historic’ Decision to Grant Legal Status to 1.7 Million Venezuelan Migrants

President Iván Duque announced Monday that the Venezuelan migrants who fled an economic collapse at home can legally stay in Colombia for 10 years if they register with the authorities.

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Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate

The suspension of most legal immigration, combined with the pandemic, has left visa applicants in limbo. Even if President Biden ends the bans, it could take years to process everyone.

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A Georgia Chicken Town Reels After a Plant Disaster

A nitrogen leak killed six workers and injured 11, but many in the heavily undocumented work force, advocates said, are too fearful to go in for medical checks.

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The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants

The proposal for a path to citizenship for undocumented residents has been called “the boldest immigration agenda any administration has put forward in generations.” But is it possible?

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