"The Pew Research Center released a report this month on Mexican migration to the United States that should give us pause,"Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at UC Riverside and a global fellow at the Wilson Center, wrote Nov. 27 in the Los Angeles Times.
"It did not address Donald Trump's claims that Mexico is mostly sending violent criminals to the United States; other studies, including a comprehensive report by the National Academy of Sciences, have systematically shown lower crime rates among immigrants than the general population. Instead, the Pew report focused on a phenomenon that most of us have not seen in our lifetimes: net outflow. In lay terms: More Mexican immigrants are leaving the United States than coming to work here. . . ."
Ramakrishnan also wrote, "While some may cheer the net outflow of Mexican migrants, they should be careful what they wish for. We have long known that a growing U.S. economy depends critically on immigrant workers in various sectors. Mexican immigrants contribute heavily to our state and local economies, especially in construction, agriculture and various service sector jobs. With the wave of baby boom retirements growing each year, demand for immigrant workers will only increase. . . ."
- Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Latin America eyes U.S. colleges
LaSharah S. Bunting, a senior editor at the New York Times, introduced readers of the fall issue of Tracking Changes, a publication of the American Copy Editors Society, to the Digital Diversity Network, a nonprofit group founded in 2012 that is "dedicated to advancing diversity in leadership and ownership within the digital media and high-tech sectors."
In a Q-and-A, Bunting told fellow ACES member Karen Yin, "I am one of five people on a new Digital Transition team at The Times. [PDF] The goal of the team is to implement digital strategy and push to accelerate the digital transformation across the newsroom. This includes everything from challenging cultural norms, to cultivating an environment for innovation, increasing digital literacy, identifying and correcting workflow issues, and developing newsroom training. . . ."
Yin asked, "What is the Digital Diversity Network (DDN), and how did you get involved?
Bunting replied, "The Digital Diversity Network is a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing diversity in leadership and ownership within the digital media and high-tech sectors. The group’s primary focus is on recruitment, leadership development, and pipeline expansion programs. The New York Times is a founding sponsor, and I was asked to serve on the group’s board of directors when I moved into my senior editor role. It's an honor to work with an amazing group of professionals who have a similar vision and commitment to improving diversity.
Yin followed up with, "What are the latest initiatives DDN has launched to promote digital and tech diversity?"
Bunting responded, "DDN just paired with the REGISTRYBayArea.com to recognize the outstanding achievements of longtime minority tech pioneers as well as 40 diverse tech and innovation leaders under the age of 40. This is our way of showcasing the great contributions of diverse tech professionals who might never be recognized. And perhaps this will also inspire the tech companies — many of which have had some public challenges in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce—to foster a culture of inclusion. . . ."