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Feb232017

POLITICS (National, International/ Mexico): President Donald Trump, deportation sweeps, primary locations/ impacts?: Commentary (Foon Rhee), "If there are deportation sweeps, here's where the impacts and protests will be " ....

* Sacramento Bee (Foon Rhee):  "If there are deportation sweeps, here's where the impacts and protests will be" - From the Bee:

It’s no wonder that big protests against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies happen in major cities, including those Thursday when immigrants skipped school and work and closed restaurants to show what America would be like without them. In fact, most undocumented immigrants live in just 20 major metro areas, according to a study that gives a clearer picture of the potential impact if Trump follows through on sweeping deportations.

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that five of those metro areas are in California: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. They account for nearly 1.8 million of the estimated national total of 11 million undocumented immigrants; all but Riverside are “sanctuary” cities. And while the 20 metro areas include 36 percent of the total U.S. population, they’re home to 61 percent of undocumented immigrants, according to the analysis.

As many as 8 million could be subject to deportation, based on how broad Trump’s executive action appears to be, according to calculations by the Los Angeles Times . . . . . . . .

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By the numbers

Estimated undocumented immigrant populations in selected California metro areas in 2014, with national ranking: ...............

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS (National, International/ Mexico): President Donald Trump, deportations?: "U.S. plans 'no use of military force in immigration operations,' Kelly tells Mexican officials"; "DHS chief softens Trump's talk on immigration"; "As Kelly and Tillerson Visit Mexico, Their Reassurances Differ From Trump's Stance";also, "Mexican officials tell U.S.: We don't agree" .... 

***President Donald Trump, Mexico, deportations....

* New York Times:  "As Kelly and Tillerson Visit Mexico, Their Reassurances Differ From Trump's Stance"

* Washington Post:  "U.S. plans 'no use of military force in immigration operations,' Kelly tells Mexican officials"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Homeland Security chief insists there will be 'no mass deportations' of people in the U.S. illegally"

* POLITICO:  "DHS chief softens Trump's talk on immigration" - "Kelly says there will be 'no use of military force' in deportation actions"

***ALSO:

* CNN:  "Mexican officials tell U.S.: We don't agree"

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS (National): U.S. immigration policy? immigration policy overhaul?: "Bloomberg-backed group launches new immigration push under Trump; also, editorial, "Trump is setting the stage for mass deportations. If Congress has any sense it will fix our immigration system instead" ....  

***President Donald Trump, U.S. immigration policy?

* POLITICO:  "Bloomberg-backed group launches new immigration push under Trump" - From POLITICO:

The issue of immigration is as contentious as ever, with President Donald Trump’s travel ban causing international chaos before it was halted by the courts and a new wave of immigration raids descending in communities nationwide. But during this week’s congressional recess, pro-reform forces are nonetheless launching a massive and elaborate push to stir up public support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

The Partnership for a New American Economy, the advocacy group led by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has recruited a number of congressional Republicans and Democrats to headline events promoting immigration across the country. During those events — which range from roundtables to farm tours — the group and lawmakers will promote new information compiled by the Partnership for all 435 congressional districts, 50 states and the 60 largest U.S. cities that details the impact of immigration in each area.

Some are well-known proponents of immigration reform, such as Florida Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo. But the Bloomberg group has also brought on a number of GOP lawmakers who haven’t so far been marquee names in the immigration battle, including several from agriculture-heavy states: Oklahoma Reps. Frank Lucas and Steve Russell, and Georgia Reps. Doug Collins, Austin Scott and Drew Ferguson.

The Partnership has even enlisted supporters of Trump — who stridently took hardline stances on immigration during his campaign for the White House — to back their efforts: .................

***ALSO, Related:

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Trump is setting the stage for mass deportations. If Congress has any sense it will fix our immigration system instead"

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/BUSINESS (National, State): President Donald Trump, immigration, deportation crackdown, impact on California businesses?: "Trump's promise to ramp up deportations spreads fear -- among California businesses" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Trump's promise to ramp up deportations spreads fear -- among California businesses" - From the LAT:

The news that President Trump ordered an aggressive crackdown on 11 million undocumented people sent a chill through immigrant communities. California businesses that employ lots of immigrants are shivering too.

Two memos released by Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on Tuesday directed immigration officers to broaden the scope of their enforcement, conduct more raids of immigrant communities, and detain people living here illegally regardless of whether they had a criminal record. Those marching orders could hit the California economy particularly hard. Many of the industries that depend heavily on immigrants already were experiencing a labor shortage.

Undocumented workers make up 10% of the labor force in California, USC researchers have estimated, and form a large chunk of the employment that drives massive industries such as agriculture and construction.

Undocumented people account for 45% of agriculture employment in California and 21% of construction workers, according to the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Smaller but significant portions of the workforce in food service, manufacturing, hospitality and entertainment are undocumented.

California is particularly dependent on immigrants and on undocumented workers not only because ...............

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., report, local job gains/losses?: "L.A. County has traded high-paying jobs for low-paying ones" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "L.A. County has traded high-paying jobs for low-paying ones" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles County has recovered the jobs it lost during the recession. But a new report says the region’s job base has shifted over the last 10 years, losing tens of thousands of higher-paying manufacturing and finance jobs and gaining lower-paying service jobs.

The report, released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., says that since 2007, L.A. County has lost 89,000 manufacturing jobs, which had an average wage of $70,100 in 2016. More than half of these jobs were in durable goods manufacturing, such as computer or electronic products. About 15,500 apparel manufacturing jobs were lost during that time period.

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During the same 10-year period, 35,000 jobs were lost in finance, accounting, architecture and engineering in the area. Those jobs paid an average wage of $85,000 in 2007, according to the economic group. The organization did not have 2016 wage comparisons for some of those jobs. 

Meanwhile, the county added 92,000 jobs in food service and 49,000 jobs in in-home support services. The average wage for food service jobs last year was $20,000, while the average wage for in-home support service workers was $14,000, according to the report.

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Chris Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, who was not involved in the report, said ...............