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On Thursday, April 15 Axios justice & race reporter Russell Contreras hosted a conversation on immigration policy, featuring Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and president of The LIBRE Initiative Daniel Garza.

Rep. Castro discussed the crisis at the border, the legacy of immigration in America, and his concerns about Title 42 being used as a means to expel refugees rightfully seeking asylum.

  • On congressional delegations making trips to the U.S.-Mexico border: "[These visits] have affirmed that our system for how we handle asylum-seekers...is broken. Our immigration system is broken."
  • On immigrants being used as scapegoats by politicians: "There's a history in our country, an ugly history of people using groups of people to scare others for political gain."

Daniel Garza discussed the goals of the LIBRE Initiative, a libertarian approach to immigration, and the need for a bipartisan approach to immigration.

  • On the long history and vital importance of immigration to the U.S.: "Throughout the arc of history, America has been strengthened because of immigrants that have come to America and we need to honor that legacy."
  • On Democratic and Republican consensus on immigration issues: "One party doesn't get to define what immigration reform is. They both have to come together and reach a consensus. And America is made stronger when the voices on both sides can come together and strike a balance between security and entry."

Axios Vice President of Growth Mia Vallo hosted a View from the Top Segment with Head of U.S. Local Media Relations at Bank of America Carla Molina, who discussed the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the Latino community. She unpacked Bank of America's multi-pronged approach to addressing systemic inequities focusing on health, small businesses, homeownership, and education.

  • "It's important to note that this commitment is really grounded in a long history ...Given everything that we saw [with the pandemic], it was important for us to really double down our efforts."

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

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Rep. Castro: Asylum seekers deserve their day in court

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The U.S. should do away with Title 42, a Trump-era policy for quickly expelling people at the border, and instead allow migrants to petition for ayslum as quickly as possible, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said during an Axios virtual event on Thursday.

Why it matters: The policy, Castro said, denies many people seeking asylum the right to due process, and instead the Biden administration should focus on improving its capacity to process migrants flows and reunite people with their families or sponsors in the U.S.

Updated Apr 14, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on the future of the flexible workplace

On Wednesday, April 14, Axios national technology correspondent Kim Hart and managing editor Aja Whitaker-Moore unpacked how employers are rapidly reimagining their workforce for a post-COVID-19 world, featuring Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Twitch chief people officer Lenke Taylor.

Sen. Gillibrand discussed the impact of the pandemic on the workforce, highlighting the economic case for paid leave and supporting the workforce as a key piece of American infrastructure.

  • On the Family Act in Congress, which calls for 12 weeks of paid family leave for any family member: “If we had had national paid leave in place, this pandemic would not have been so disastrous for working families. It would not have upended the careers of caregivers, resulting in over 2.5 women no longer employed."
  • On the economic impact of paid leave: "We are the only industrialized country in the world that doesn't have paid leave, and it's a real drag on our economy because it means too many people have to leave the workforce to meet an urgent family need."

Lenke Taylor unpacked how Twitch has adjusted its work to the constraints of the pandemic and discussed the trends that will remain as businesses and offices reopen.

  • How the pandemic has shifted norms around working from home: "Employees really value the flexibility that they've gotten during this period and they're looking for ways to continue to have that as we come out of the pandemic."
  • On offices of the future: They will be places "for employees to connect face-to-face...[then] work remotely or flexibly from home to complete their work."

Axios' Chief People Officer Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with Density co-founder and CEO Andrew Farah who discussed how to understand the utilization of space in offices and buildings, and how to maintain privacy.

  • "We're talking about essentially laying new infrastructure that the pandemic has sort of mandated that will either serve us or serve to undermine us. I think that we ought to be very conscious about the type of technology we decide to deploy and under what conditions."

Thank you Density for sponsoring this event.

Exclusive: Quartz, NYT vets launch new media company about work

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Quartz co-founders Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf, along with New York Times veteran Erin Grau, are launching a new media and services company called "Charter" that is centered around the future of work, the founders told Axios.

Why it matters: "There are other media companies that write about this topic — some occasionally and some more frequently, but it's one topic among many things that they do," Delaney said. "This is a driving focus for us."