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Immigrant Youth Add $140 Million to New York Tax Revenues 4/25/2017

The Trump Administration seems to be unsure of its course regarding immigrants who arrived without authorization in the United States as children. On Friday President Trump said DACA recipients can “rest easy,” and that they would not be targets for deportation. John Kelly, speaking for the Department of Homeland Security, reinforced that message on Sunday, saying “My organization has not targeted these so-called Dreamers.” A recently filed law suit seems to indicate that DACA recipients are indeed being detained and deported.

A new study shows that these young immigrants currently contribute $140 million to state and local taxes in New York. The report, conducted by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and co-released in New York by the Fiscal Policy Institute, focuses on the executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA which first went into effect in 2012. Nationwide, 1.3 million of the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are eligible, and current DACA recipients contribute $2 billion in combined state and local taxes around the country, the study found.

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Oakland's Friday Farmer's Market and its Vegetable Vocabulary of Love, Photoessay by David Bacon

I do the cooking in my house. To me, it's a way I show my love for the people in my life. I know I'm not the only person like that. When I read Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club, the sections when the mothers tell their daughters about the importance of the best quality food resonated with me.

At the Friday farmers' market in Oakland, California, I can see those mothers in front of the stalls, bargaining over the produce. Oakland is a working-class city across the bay from San Francisco, and like many California cities, it has an historic Chinese and Asian American community -a Chinatown. Being right next to Chinatown makes the Oakland farmers' market unique.

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Anoush Ter Taulian Goes One-on-One with George Billard, Writer & Director of ‘They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief’ April 18, 2017.

How would you describe your personal directing style?

I tailor the look and feel that best suits the story. As long as it rings true and is visually interesting, then I have done my job.

What is the main takeaway which you hope that viewers would remember about this film?

I hope that people will see the Armenian Genocide and the humanitarian response embodied by NER as a lesson for dealing with today’s tragedies in the same region. It would be great if both Turkey and the U.S. acknowledged the genocide, but I won’t hold my breath.

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