Immigration News: October 4, 2022

Photo from 2006 immigrant march in St. Paul

Immigrants bring huge economic benefits to the communities where they live. That’s true not only for immigrants who are engineers and doctors, but for those at the lower end of the education and wage scale as well. 

[Forbes] “An average recent immigrant without a high school degree causes a lifetime positive net fiscal balance of $128,000 using the proper measure, according to Clemens. ‘Including the expected children and grandchildren of the average immigrant without a high school degree, the lifetime positive net fiscal effect is $326,000.’…

“Clemens finds that the entry of individuals without a high school degree is a fiscal boon to natives. Individuals with less education are often a target of immigration critics. In a different study, Clemens found the entry of refugees and asylees are also a net positive for U.S. taxpayers. He concluded in a report that the Trump administration reducing refugee admissions cost the U.S. economy more than $9 billion a year and cost governments at all levels $2 billion a year.”

And in other news

The Border Patrol has a long history of violence against migrants. Usually violent events go unreported or are reported and excused. This time, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant inside a Border Patrol station.

[Washington Post] “The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting of a man in U.S. custody Tuesday inside a Border Patrol station near El Paso, according to the bureau and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. …

“In February, a Border Patrol agent fatally shot a Mexican man, 32-year-old Carmelo Cruz Marcos, in a remote Arizona canyon near the Mexican border. Prosecutors who reviewed the case declined to bring charges against the agent, saying he acted in self-defense.”

Ukrainians who fled to the United States still face challenges, not least of which is the long, long wait for work permission.

[The Columbus Dispatch] “But for Musiiovska, one of the biggest difficulties has been her inability to work.  Despite qualities that would make her eminently employable — like fluent English, a wide range of work experience, and a master’s degree in economics and management — she has been waiting for nearly six months for authorization from the U.S. government to work and earn money.

“Among the more than 70,000 Ukrainian parolees the U.S. has welcomed this year, including a growing community in Greater Columbus, many are in the same situation….

“Limited public assistance and not being able to work have meant that Musiiovska has depended on the generosity of her friends and volunteers, many of whom come from the Slavic Grace Evangelical Church in Galloway.”

Speeding up asylum processing sounds like a good idea, but in practice, it results in denial of due process. 

[Howard Law Journal] “This new adjudication system creates unrealistically short deadlines for asylum seekers who arrive over the southern border, the vast majority of whom are people of color. Rather than providing a fair opportunity for those seeking safety to explain and corroborate their persecution claims, the new system imposes unreasonably speedy time frames to enable swift adjudications. Asylum seekers must obtain representation very quickly even though the government does not fund counsel and not enough lawyers offer free or low-cost representation. Moreover, the immigration statute requires that asylum seekers must corroborate their claims with extrinsic evidence if the adjudicator thinks that such evidence is available – a nearly impossible task in the time frames provided by the new rule.”

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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