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What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada’s Ruthlessly Pragmatic Immigration Policy

Immigration policy has been in the spotlight for the past couple of years and U.S. President Donald Trump’s increasingly inflammatory rhetoric about immigration has sparked nationwide debate over the fate of America’s future immigrants. Arguments over immigration are increasingly more extreme: more immigration is an immense threat to national security or illegal immigration is not intrinsically a problem and there should be no policies that expand immigration enforcement. Both are unrealistic and uninformed views on how the


Could Legalizing Marijuana Help Save Economies in Coal Country?

There’s no denying it: areas which rely heavily on coal are at an economic tipping point. Employment in the coal industry peaked in the 1920s and has been in steady decline ever since, with coal production plunging to the lowest level in 35 years during 2016. Coal markets are competing with alternative and renewable energy sources and modernization, and jobs have been suffering as a result. Between 1983 and 2014, coal employment fell by 59 percent, and

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Possibilities

Let’s face it, many Americans and people around the world work immensely hard for their money. As this may be no surprise to many of you, there are people who shy away from working a minimum wage job simply because it is near impossible to live comfortably from the paycheck that they produce. With all the debates about whether to raise minimum wage or not, there are many speculations on the possible benefits and disadvantages to

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One International Student to Others Considering College in Trump’s America: “You aren’t going to be treated equally”

We’re getting used to the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America, but we’re reaching the point now where even highly-qualified, well-educated, and completely legal international professionals have no other choice but to go back home. I had a chance to speak with 27-year-old Maya* from Mumbai, India, who obtained her F-1 visa and came to the United States in 2014. This visa allows international students to pursue a program of study in the United

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