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Immigration Reform- The Economic Imperative for Acting Now, and What Happens if We Don’t

Just Economy Conference – May 5, 2021

 

U.S. birth rates continue to decline, and are at their lowest rate in 35 years. In contrast, immigrant-related gains accounted for 55% of U.S. population growth between 1965 and 2015, and are expected to account for 88% through 2065. It is clear that native birth rates alone will not support U.S. growth and economic demands. This session explores solutions and a path forward for solving the immigration crisis that has long been a divisive issue.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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