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May 2020
  • The “Trump administration is quickly expelling (migrant youth) under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus pandemic with 600 minors expelled in April alone,” the Associated Press reported May 13. Normally they would “be allowed to live with relatives while their cases wind through immigration courts.”
    • Migrant apprehension at the U.S. – Mexico border dropped nearly 50 percent in April, the first full month after the U.S. declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. – Pew Research Center, May 19, 2020
    • “A precipitous drop in applications for green cards, citizenship and other programs has threatened the solvency of (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) the federal agency that administers the country’s lawful immigration system.” – The New York Times, May 18, 2020
  • “Black and Latino business owners are struggling to get government assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program, a new survey has found, and many say they are on the brink of closing permanently.” – The New York Times, May 19, 2020
  • Not the pandemic, but coronavirus piñatas have become popular from Durham, North Carolina to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to an article in the May 7 edition of The New York Times. In the newspaper’s May 10 edition it had instructions to “Make Your Own Coronavirus Piñata (And Then Smash It).”
  • Brazil airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes said (May 13) it will receive a total of ($412.03 million) from Boeing Co as compensation for the grounding of the 737 Max plane, which has not flown in over a year.” – Reuters, May 13, 2020
  • Oil, once practically free, is now costly in Venezuela. “The unfathomable swing in fuel costs paid by Venezuelans mirrors the irrational distortions in the country’s mismanaged and isolated economy, which have turned Venezuela from Latin America’s richest nation to its poorest in little more than a decade.” – The New York Times, May 16, 2020
  • “As the coronavirus’s toll eased in New York and in European capitals, a devastating wave struck cities in Latin America, one that rivals the worst outbreaks in the world, an analysis of mortality data by The New York Times has found.” – The New York Times, May 13, 2020
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