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Trump Is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

January 11, 2018 The H-1B visa, which allows American companies to hire skilled foreign workers, from engineers to fashion models, is under siege. Last year, President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order suggested that H-1Bs should be more difficult to get. Congress and the Trump administration have been mulling ways to...

Trump’s Border Wall Keeps Getting Shorter and More Expensive

January 5, 2018 Donald Trump’s plans to build a “big, beautiful wall” between the United States and Mexico have gotten less grandiose the longer he’s been president. In its latest iteration, the wall would span 700 of the U.S.-Mexico border’s 2,000 miles and cost nearly $18 billion to build, according to sources quoted...

These White House Policies Could Turn More Than One Million People Into Undocumented Immigrants

January 4, 2018 In his first year as US president, Donald Trump targeted people in the country illegally. Now his administration is also going after those with permission to be in the country. In the next few weeks, three White House policies could essentially render hundreds of thousands of foreigners currently allowed to...

There Are More Hispanics in the U.S. Than We Thought

December 21, 2017 If you go by the number of people who check the “Hispanic” box in US Census Bureau forms, people of Latin American descent make up 18% of the population. But, among the adult population, there are another 5 million, who don’t consider themselves Hispanic but descend from Latin America, according...

Puerto Rico’s Official Hurricane Death Toll Was 55. So Why Do Researchers Say It’s 500 Or More?

November 29, 2017 It’s widely believed the Puerto Rican government is underestimating the number of people who died as a consequence of Hurricane Maria, which barreled through the island Sept. 20. The official count, 55 deaths, has been disproven by several (link in Spanish) media outlets. Their reporting shows the government’s list left...

Hurricane Maria Has Made Puerto Rico the Land of Opportunity for Solar Power

November 13, 2017 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Seven weeks after hurricane Maria, the traffic lights are still down in San Juan. The narrow, cobbled streets of the city’s historic center, one of the island’s top tourist attractions, turn pitch black as soon as the sun sets. With appliances useless during the blackout,...

Puerto Rico Is a Textbook Example of How Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Spread

October 22, 2017 The disaster in Puerto Rico wrought by Hurricane Maria is still unraveling one month after it hit. Most of the island remains without electricity. A third of residents still don’t have running water, while those who do can’t count on what comes out of the faucet being clean. Meanwhile, pools...

Puerto Rico is Still a Disaster Zone, Three Weeks After Hurricane Maria

October 16, 2017 Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. Three weeks later, many residents still live like it’s the day after the storm made landfall. More than 90% of the island remains without electricity, and roughly a third without water service, according to local authorities. Nearly half of the US...

Puerto Rico Is Still a Disaster Zone, Three Weeks After Hurricane Maria

October 16, 2017 Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. Three weeks later, many residents still live like it’s the day after the storm made landfall. More than 90 percent of the island remains without electricity, and roughly a third without water service, according to local authorities. Nearly half of the...

How Hurricane Maria Will Be More Costly For Puerto Rico Than Harvey Was For Texas

September 28, 2017 Hurricane Maria was somewhat less of a weather monster than the two big storms that preceded it. Harvey dumped record amounts of rain over parts of Texas, and Irma’s tropical-storm force winds covered an area wider than the Florida peninsula. In Puerto Rico, Maria’s devastation has been multiplied by the...