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Nifesimi Akingbe recorded a video to speak about her disappointment about racism in America — and aimed her message toward the Black immigrant community. Akingbe sees the importance of speaking out for racial equality and wants to open the eyes of older members of those communities to stop overlooking those issues. While some in the community do see the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, they are worried about the safety of their children going to protests against systemic racism. Associated Press
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Immigrant Farmworkers Work Through Dangerous Heat
Roughly 150,000 farmworkers — many of them migrant workers — harvest North Carolina’s crops as part of the largest industry in the state. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, working outdoors is the leading cause of reported heat illness in the state. About 36 percent of 101 farm workers suffered symptoms of heat illness while 67 percent worked in “extremely hot” temperatures, according to a 2016 Wake Forest University study. Farmworker advocates are fighting for rules to allow workers additional breaks when the temperatures are high. California and Washington passed similar laws, but there are political complications in North Carolina. Charlotte Observer
Latin American Elites Maneuver Around Immigration Barriers
While thousands of asylum seekers have been turned away at the border, Latin American elites, along with Miami-based high-ranking foreign government officials and business administrators, regularly stay ahead of legal authorities. Through their fortunes and connections, these elite individuals can secure visas, green cards and asylum status. The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, along with Mexico’s Aristegui Noticias and a group of independent journalists in Colombia, conducted an investigation on rich nationalists bypassing U.S. immigration authorities as they built their financial portfolios. Miami Herald
Executive Order Banning Immigration Led to $100 Billion Loss
President Trump in June announced an executive order suspending new work visas, excluding 200,000 foreign workers and their families from entering the United States and keeping American companies from hiring skilled immigrants using H-1B or L-1 visas. This executive order negatively influenced the cumulative average abnormal returns (CAARs) of Fortune 500 companies up to 0.45 percent, which equaled to over $100 billion in losses, the Brookings Institution found. Brookings’ results were evident for firms that continued to maintain or boost their assurance of skilled immigrant workers during earlier years. Brookings
Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Will Have Lasting Effects in California
President Trump has enacted over 400 executive actions to restrict immigration, most causing a colossal impact on California. He slowed visa allowances for high-skilled foreign labor, targeting Silicon Valley. He has also attempted to abolish DACA and other federal protections for young immigrants, many of whom reside in California. And he has also tried to end Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran refugees and cut off immigration altogether. Former Vice President Joe Biden guarantees he will reverse these effects if he beats Trump in the presidential election. But some of those issues he’s pledging to solve have baffled lawmakers for decades. Yahoo News
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