How ‘Dreamers” and Green Card Lottery Winners Strengthen the Economy

How ‘Dreamers” and Green Card Lottery Winners Strengthen the Economy

While President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have long decried illegal immigration and proposed remedies like the wall and mass deportations, they have traditionally favored the legal kind, partly because their business donors demand it. That seems to have changed. In August, the president publicly backed a GOP bill to slash the number of “green cards” awarded each year in half and […]

NAFTA in the Crosshairs

NAFTA in the Crosshairs

President Trump looks set to fulfill campaign promises on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he says has hurt workers and allows the United States to be taken advantage of. A letter Thursday to congressional leaders notified them that negotiations with Canada and Mexico are set to begin. NAFTA was implemented in […]

Mexico Disputes Conflict Report

Mexico Disputes Conflict Report

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) issued a report that claims Mexican drug wars were the second most violent internal conflict in 2016 after Syria, based upon an estimated 23,000 deaths. The report was seized by U.S. President Donald Trump as proof that his accusations that Mexico is unable to control its borders and […]

Mexico Opens Legal Aid Centers to Assists Citizens in United States

Mexico Opens Legal Aid Centers to Assists Citizens in United States

As enforcement action priorities are redrawn for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mexican government has announced it will open legal aid centers at 50 consulates located throughout the United States. Building a wall and “making Mexico pay for it” was among the central promises of Mr. Trump’s Presidential campaign and his base of supporters view […]

The Truth and Truthiness of Global Trade

What is the truth about trade and its benefits and costs? The International Observer takes a look at some long term data.

The Truth and Truthiness of Global Trade

Politicians have always lied, or, if you prefer, stretched the truth, in order to attract others to their point of view. In a well-functioning democracy there is nothing wrong with each side arguing their points and leaving out the arguments that help the opposing point of view; while leaving out important facts is intentionally misleading, […]