Policy Brief on Health-Care for Undocumented Immigrants in Illinois

Policy Brief on Health-Care for Undocumented Immigrants in Illinois

Post by Cameron Desnoes. Colgate Class of 2023. As COVID-19 disproportionately harms communities of color and the nation’s senior population, a new policy in Illinois has been put in place by the State and Gov. JB Pritzker to allow health care and testing to be more accessible for immigrants, regardless of their immigration status1. Passed by the Illinois General Assembly in late May, the new “FY 2021 Budget” allocates funding for comprehensive health insurance to all seniors2. The policy aims…

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The Change of the U.S. Economy as a Result of Change in Policy for Refugees

The Change of the U.S. Economy as a Result of Change in Policy for Refugees

Post Ana Jonke. Colgate Class of 2023. Over the past four years, the Trump administration has made significant changes to immigration policy. Such drastic changes have greatly affected and continue to affect the status and security of refugees and those seeking asylum. Additionally, these policies which change the status of refugees hold negative impacts on the U.S. economy. Bans and quotas on refugees first began taking place when in early 2017, the Trump administration suspended the entire U.S. refugee admissions…

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Policy Briefs in Fall 2020

Policy Briefs in Fall 2020

Professor Annie Hines is teaching the Economics of Immigration at Colgate this fall. Her students wrote a series of policy briefs on a variety of topics that we will post on this blog. Enjoy!

As The Pandemic Recedes, Let Migrants Move Again

As The Pandemic Recedes, Let Migrants Move Again

Post by Isabel Wang. Source: “As The Pandemic Recedes, Let Migrants Move Again,” The Economist. August 1, 2020. The coronavirus has led to immense global immobility. Borders are closed. Trips are canceled. Jobs are cut. Dreams are deferred. Although the pandemic is starting to recover and countries are gradually starting to open up again, some nations are unwilling to open their doors to migrants. There is a fear of a second wave of the pandemic. And even if a vaccine…

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Vloggers Show How To Migrate Illegally On A Jet Ski

Vloggers Show How To Migrate Illegally On A Jet Ski

Post by Isabel Wang. Source: “Vloggers Show How To Migrate Illegally On A Jet Ski,” The Economist. July 22, 2020. North African vlogger and YouTuber Zouhir Bounou (who calls himself Zizou) is not your typical illegal migrant. While he has traveled illegally to ten different countries, he has recorded his illicit journeys into vlogs as a form of entertainment. Many people like Zizou are painting a vivid picture of what life is like outside of North Africa through social media. …

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The Fed and Main Street: The Immigrant Experience during COVID-19

The Fed and Main Street: The Immigrant Experience during COVID-19

Post by Isabel Wang. Source: “The Fed and Main Street: The Immigrant Experience during COVID-19,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 11 June 2020. This event hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York gathered leaders in numerous industries such as business, nonprofit, and policy to gain insights on the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and specifically immigrant workers. A large portion of immigrant workers are low-skilled essential workers yet do not have the same benefits in “healthcare,…

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As World Comes to Halt Amid Pandemic, So Do Migrants

As World Comes to Halt Amid Pandemic, So Do Migrants

Post by Isabel Wang. Source: Semple, Kirk. “As World Comes to Halt Amid Pandemic, So Do Migrants,” The New York Times. May 4, 2020.             Since the coronavirus pandemic started to spread at the end of March, there has been a significant decline in migratory traffic from South America, Central America, and Mexico to the US. A migrant shelter in southern Mexico that serves as a way station for migrants saw around 2,000 travelers last year. In the past weeks,…

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Why California Is Giving Its Own Stimulus Checks To Undocumented Immigrants

Why California Is Giving Its Own Stimulus Checks To Undocumented Immigrants

Post by Raf Schott. Colgate Class of 2021. Source: Holcombe, Madeline, and Catherine E. Shoichet. “Why California Is Giving Its Own Stimulus Checks to Undocumented Immigrants.”  CNN, Cable News Network, 16 Apr. 2020.             A CNN article reported that California Governor, Gavin Newsom, will distribute $125 million towards undocumented immigrants in the state. This marks the first state to support undocumented immigrants and the reasoning is quite simple. Many of the undocumented immigrants are essential workers in many important sectors,…

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Court says Trump administration can withhold money from NYC, 7 States in ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight

Court says Trump administration can withhold money from NYC, 7 States in ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight

Post by Trevor Thompson. Colgate class of 2021. Source: Alvarez, Priscilla. “Court says Trump administration can withhold money from NYC, 7 States in ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Fight” CNN, 26 February, 2020. The courts reversed a previous ruling, which now allows the Trump administration to withhold money from New York City and seven other states that are not in terms with the federal immigration laws. The lower court ruling previously blocked the Justice Department from withholding key law enforcement the department said…

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How a Wealth Test for Immigrants Could Affect the U.S. Economy

How a Wealth Test for Immigrants Could Affect the U.S. Economy

Post by Svetlin Sabev. Colgate class of 2021. Source: Frazee, Gretchen. “How a Wealth Test for Immigrants Could Affect the U.S. Economy.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 29 Jan. 2020.  The article addresses the updated Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule that was implemented by the DHS earlier this year. The new rule, which is being called the “wealth test”, creates additional obstacles to entry for both those looking to immigrate to the U.S. as well as those who are here…

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