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  • Edición impresa de Marzo 21, 2017.

I have nothing new to say today, but I want to review with you some of the things that are taking place by quoting from several sources.

Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants

Nearly 40 percent of colleges are reporting overall declines in applications from international students, according to a survey of 250 college and universities, released this week by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The biggest decline is in applications from the Middle East.

Many officials cited worries among prospective students about Trump administration immigration policies. “International student recruitment professionals report a great deal of concern from students all over the globe,” the study said. New York Times. March 17, 2017

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

“Small-town America relies on a steady flow of doctors from around the world to deliver babies, treat heart ailments and address its residents’ medical needs. But a recent, little-publicized decision by the government to alter the timetable for some visa applications is likely to delay the arrival of new foreign doctors, and is causing concern in the places that depend on them.”

“There were 211,460 international medical graduates practicing in the United States in December 2015, according to the latest data available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.” New York Times. (March 18, 2017)

The Trump slump? Tourists say they’re scared to visit the United States

“During spring break, Canadian families used to pile the kids into a tour bus and head to New York to see the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and other attractions. It was the start of the busy season for Comfort Tour, a Toronto-based firm that usually brought between 200 and 300 tourists to New York in March.

This year, 11 people have signed up for the tours.”

“An economic consulting firm that has crunched the numbers from various airline and travel booking websites projects that the U.S. will lose 6.3 million visits by the end of next year, which translates into $10.8 billion in spending. What the firm, Tourism Economics of Wayne, Pa., is calling “Trump-induced losses” could affect an estimated 90,000 Americans whose jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on tourism.” Latimes. (March 12, 2017)

Dairy Farmers Fear Loss Of Labor Under Trump Immigration Actions

“President Trump is shaking farm country to its core with his executive order to build a border wall and ramp up immigration enforcement. The federal government estimates about half of the nation’s farm workers are here illegally. Farm groups say it’s actually much more in some states.” NPR Jan 26, 2017

How Trump’s immigration and trade policies could hurt border town economies

“For decades, communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stretching from Brownsville, Tex., to San Ysidro, Calif., developed symbiotic economies with their sister cities in Mexico, with residents of both countries traveling to the other to work, shop and visit relatives.

U.S. companies operate factories Mexico’s border towns, providing low-skilled, low-wage jobs in the textiles and electronics industries to more than a million Mexicans in those communities, who in turn spend much of their paychecks in the United States, boosting the local tax base. But President Trump’s immigration and trade policies could jeopardize that economic relationship, warn local officials, residents and researchers studying border economies. In his first days in office, Trump has vowed to begin construction on a border wall within months and renegotiate the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Exports to Mexico from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas make up more than half of the national total, according to a Wilson Center report on the U.S.-Mexico border economy. And Mexico exports more to the four U.S. border states than it does to the rest of the world combined, excluding the United States.” The Washington Post. Jan 28, 2017.

My questions are: Is this the way to make America Great? What can we do about it?






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