CAPS Blog - Ric Oberlink

Helping NPR with Basic Journalism on Immigration Issues

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.                                              ...

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E-Verify, Tight Labor Markets, Wage Increases: That’s Good News

The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, the lowest since 2000, and the black unemployment rate fell to 5.9%, the lowest rate since the government started keeping figures in 1972. That is good news, of course, and even better news is that it may finally spur some wage increases for workers, especially low-income workers. Between 1979 and 2016, pay adjusted for inflation for the bottom fifth of...

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Categories: E-Verify Tags: EVerify, jobs, American jobs, wage

Cutting off Family Planning Funds will Increase Immigration Pressure

Unfortunately, the current administration has cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This political football has been tossed back and forth for decades, but, in spite of spurious charges from family planning opponents, a memorandum from the State Department acknowledged there was no evidence of U.N. support for coercion of any kind. The removal of $32.5 million in...

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Letter to the Economist re: World Population at 7 Billion

Editor: Your paper gave short shrift to the problems caused by continuing population growth, even as the world faces severe pressures on resources and food supplies, and suffers a tremendous loss of biodiversity ("A tale of three islands," October 22nd.) Perhaps it is due to your unique take on story problems. You wrote that there “is little new farmland available…, water...

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