Deported Mexican migrants dream of change under Biden
Mexico City (AFP) - Mauricio Lopez was deported to Mexico after spending most of his life in the United States. Now he hopes against the odds that Joe Biden's administration will let him return.The 26-year-old English teacher is one of thousands of migrants known as "dreamers" who as children were taken to the US by their parents.Like many Mexicans who were expelled, in particular under outgoing President Donald Trump, Lopez is hoping that President-elect Biden will push for changes that protect undocumented migrants."It would be good for us if he relaxes immigration laws ... if there are asyl...
Are Canadians changing their attitude on migration due to COVID-19?
With COVID-19 disrupting travel, shutting borders, and redefining what is essential work, Pandemic Borders explores what international migration will look like after the pandemic, in this series titled #MigrantFuturesCanada has a reputation, both at home and around the world, as a beacon of tolerance when it comes to acceptance of immigrants and refugees. Part of this is due to the favourable attitudes of Canadians on the issue. Over the decade, the balance of opinion in Canada has become increasingly positive about the number of immigrants arriving in Canada and the benefits they bring to the...
Say what? Mexican diplomat already pushing for pre-Trump immigration levels: Biden policy 'has to be based on facts and realities'
By Duncan SmithIt seems like forever ago when President Trump and his administration were dealing with literal hordes of migrants trekking across Mexico and inundating our southwest border.Through a combination of deft, yet tough, diplomacy as well as strict, targeted, and smart border enforcement policies, the president and his administration finally managed to put a lid on the mass migration that was taking place.Mexico played a very large role in that process — because it had to.After all, the sea of humanity was inundating that country, too.Now, all of the progress that the Trump administr...
The National Sentinel
How the pandemic has 'delayed' and influenced migration to Europe
Boubacar Badji is dreaming of Europe. The Senegalese man had been planning to make the long and dangerous journey north – but then the coronavirus pandemic interfered."Covid delayed everything, because I didn't have work for two months," the 33-year-old says. No work means no money, and crossing to the Spanish Canary Islands by boat or a trip with the help of smugglers through the Sahara and on to Europe is expensive.But Badji doesn't want to give up on his plans to finally leave his native Ziguinchor in western Senegal behind. "There are no real jobs, we are poor," he says. "Staying here is t...
Migrants on Mexican-US border celebrate Biden win
Tijuana (Mexico) (AFP) - Flag-waving migrants on the Mexican-US border on Saturday welcomed Joe Biden's presidential election win and voiced hope that Donald Trump's defeat would bring greater respect for human rights."We're celebrating the victory of Biden and the departure of Donald Trump," said pastor Gustavo Banda, who heads a migrant shelter in Tijuana across the frontier from San Diego in California."We're hoping that this new presidency will truly respect human rights," he told AFP.With Biden in the White House, Banda expressed optimism that "families (who enter the United States illega...
Martin Schram: Trump voters' migration: From mad to misled
Today, in this last column of what had better be Donald Trump’s last presidential campaign, we are focusing on the same folks we spotlighted in our first column on Trump’s first presidential campaign.Namely: Those mad-as-hell, not-going-to-take-it-anymore voters who became Trump’s core supporters.Ever since that June 2015 day Trump rode down his gold-colored escalator and into our presidency, that astonishingly solid base of Trump’s voters were ignored, misunderstood and definitely underestimated by the professional politicos and the folks who cover them. Except here. Our sharp-minded readers ...
Tribune News Service
Bay Area could be worst hit by outward pandemic migration
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose and San Francisco could be big losers, with the wider adoption of remote work causing a flood of migration away from metropolises, researchers say.Migration rates are expected to be three to four times higher than normal in the coming years as more companies allow employees to work from home. The highest share of movers will be leaving expensive cities for lower-cost cities, and rural communities, a survey by Santa Clara-based Upwork found.At least 1 in 5 residents in high-priced cities say they have already moved or expect to — a possible harbinger of signficant ch...
The Mercury News
On US-Mexico border, despair at system 'broken by racism'
Tijuana (Mexico) (AFP) - Leslie Cortez was born in the United States, lives in Mexico and works in the border city of San Diego. Since Donald Trump became president she feels less welcome, but is also unconvinced by his rival.Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric encourages people to "be racist towards me," said the 32-year-old dual national, who each day joins the long queues of commuters crossing the border.She wants to vote in the November 3 presidential election for someone who understands "what the people need," but is unenthusiastic about Democratic candidate Joe Biden as well."He's been a pol...
The new Chinese migration to the Philippines
The rapid expansion of Philippine offshore gaming operators, better known as Pogos, under the Duterte administration, has brought into the country an unprecedented number of young Chinese workers from mainland China. No other nationality has maintained as pervasive a presence in the online gambling industry as the Chinese. Even as we never see the gamblers themselves, the imported workers, who often speak only Chinese, are very much in our midst.They mostly keep to themselves, fetched from their sleeping quarters by shuttle vans every morning, and brought back from their workplaces at night. O...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Mastercard leverages AI to combat cyberattacks
Cybersecurity fraud rates have hit a near 20-year high, with 47 percent of companies reported to have experienced fraud in the last two years, and this trend has grown considerably during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. To protect businesses and consumers from cyberattacks, Mastercard has built artificial intelligence (AI) into its network’s multi-layered security strategy, allowing a coordinated set of AI-based services to act within milliseconds. In 2019, Mastercard saved close to $20 billion of fraud through its AI-enabled systems — SafetyNet, Decision Intelligence and Threat Scan.Ajay Bhalla,...