From Caribbean Life
February 18, 2019
NEW YORK, United States - Sherrill-Ann Mason-Haywood, chairperson of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, wants 2019 to be a “decisive year of collaboration” for Vincentians in the Diaspora.
“Now more than ever, the powerful saying, ‘United We Stand, Divided We Fall,’ must be watch words that immigrant communities, like the Vincentian Diaspora, embrace if they are to survive and thrive,” writes Mason-Haywood in the souvenir journal, commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York.
From the Jamaica Observer
Dec. 1, 2018
NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, Adrian Saunders says more still needs to be done to educate the regional public about the role of the court that was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the Caribbean final court.
“I'm not worried about the referendum results in Antigua and Grenada. But what it tells us, we need more educational work,” Justice Saunders said as he delivered the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Lecture Friday night at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.
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By Michelle Waslin
In contrast to the virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from several presidential candidates, new polling shows that the majority of Americans – 62 percent – support allowing undocumented immigrants to legalize and become U.S. citizens, while only 19 percent said they should be deported. Even in Arizona, a state known for its anti-immigrant legislation, more than half of those surveyed supported U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In California polling found many of that state’s voters believe undocumented immigration is a problem, but they reject mass deportation as a solution. Nearly 8 in 10 Californians agreed that undocumented immigrants should have a path to citizenship or should be allowed to remain in the country legally with no path to citizenship. Only 16 percent of Californians polled said they should be forced to leave the country.
Moreover, polling at the national and state level found that both Democrats and Republicans favor legalization over deportation.
But generational differences are already apparent, and will become increasingly relevant as Millennials – who hold more positive views of immigrants – begin to replace older voters. Younger Republicans were more likely than their older counterparts to favor a path to citizenship. The polling found that six in ten Republicans under age 30 backed a path to citizenship compared to 47 percent of Republicans 65 and older. While over half of younger Republicans surveyed said that “immigrants strengthen American society,” only 22 percent of older Republicans agreed with the statement.
It is not surprising that older and younger generations have different views of immigration. Americans 65 and older came of age at a time of record low immigration in the 1960s and 70s. Today, immigrants make up a larger share of the U.S. population, and they arrive from a much more diverse number of regions of the world. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. in the past 50 years, mostly from Latin America and Asia.
This means that younger Americans are accustomed to higher levels of immigration and have always known the U.S. as a racially and culturally diverse community. Today’s immigrants are also more dispersed across all 50 states, meaning more people have come of age at a time when immigrants are likely to be family, classmates, or colleagues.
University of Southern California professor Manuel Pastor explained that younger voters have grown up amidst more diversity than their older counterparts. “People of color have been the majority in the state of California since 1999. Really the debate about immigrants is a debate about identity, and younger people are much more likely than older generations to have experienced some diversity in their schools and their own personal life.”
Not only has the scope and face of immigration changed, but Millennials themselves are the most racially diverse generation in American history. Fewer Millennials are non-Hispanic whites, compared to older Americans born before 1945. The share of Millennials who are Hispanic is nearly three times as large as older Americans, and the shares of younger Americans who are black, Asian or some other race have also increased.
All of this data means that anti-immigrant rhetoric is increasingly out of touch with a large share of voters. As older generations make way for younger voters, campaign messages – as well as actual laws and policies – will likely be re-assessed to appeal to new voters and be in tune with economic, cultural, and social realities.
By Miriam Jordan
The amount of money migrant workers world-wide sent to Latin America and the Caribbean reached $68.3 billion in 2015, surpassing a pre-recession peak of $64.5 billion in 2008, according to a report set to be released on Tuesday.
The analysis by the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C., think tank that tracks immigration-related economic issues, attributed the increase to a spike in Central American immigrants, devaluation of regional currencies, and growing economic opportunity in the U.S. Most of the money came from immigrants working in the U.S. who help support family in their countries of origin.
“Remittance levels not only are back at prerecession levels, but we expect them to keep rising,” said Manuel Orozco, the report’s lead author.
Guatemala had the biggest jump in the total value of transfers of any country, increasing more than 15% to $6.3 billion from $5.45 billion in 2014. Neighboring Honduras and El Salvador had 10.9% and 3% growth to $3.72 billion and $4.28 billion, respectively, compared with 2014.
Gang activity has turned the three Central American countries into some of the world’s deadliest. As a result, the number of migrants from those countries flocking to the U.S. has surged in recent years. “We found a strong correlation between violence in Honduras and Guatemala and migration,” said the report, highlighting violent crime and extortion as important push factors.
The analysis is based on data obtained from central banks of more than 20 countries in the region.
Colombia had the second-largest increase in money transfers in the region last year, with a 13.3% jump to $4.64 billion.
Many migrants saw the sharp depreciation of that South American country’s currency against the dollar as an opportunity to invest in real estate as well as education and amenities for relatives back home, according to experts, who said they saw this trend bolstering remittances to other countries, such as Mexico.
Migrants “are becoming a lot more strategic about how and when they send money, paying attention to exchange rates,” said Daniel Ayala, head of global remittance services at Wells Fargo & Co. In the past two years, the bank’s clients have been sending more money, more frequently, he added.
Despite a drop in Mexican immigration to the U.S., remittances to that country rose 4.8%to $24.77 billion, which the report attributed to a continued flow of workers entering on temporary agricultural visas, others coming illegally not accounted for in official data and better job prospects overall raising migrants’ earnings.
New jobs in construction, services and other sectors that employ migrants also are propelling the increase. Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, a nonprofit group that runs seven employment centers that cater to immigrants in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, said day laborers and full-time workers are in ever-greater demand.
During the recent mid-Atlantic storm, Mr. Torres said small businesses and homeowners hired more than 700 day laborers from his centers to clear snow.
“Everyone was shut inside except the workers,” he said.
244 million international migrants living abroad worldwide, new UN statistics reveal