Aug 18, 2017

Jeff Flake defends unskilled immigrants

Ross D. Franklin / AP

Sen. Jeff Flake defended "unskilled" immigrants in a NYT op-ed, saying "those whose only initial credentials are a strong back and an eagerness to use it" must have a place in America.

  • Why it matters: If passed, the Trump administration's new immigration bill will cut legal immigration in half, admitting people to the United States based on deliverable skills. Such a policy has merit, Flake says, but work ethic should be judged as a skill.
  • Flake wrote about Manuel Chaidez, a Mexican immigrant who worked on his family's ranch: "Without such work there is no ranch. Without ranches, my town and towns like it falter. And so in my estimation, Manuel is just about the highest-value immigrant possible, and if we forget that, then we forget something elemental about America."
  • Flashback: Yesterday, Trump called the senator "Flake Jeff Flake" and "toxic" on Twitter.

Go deeper

MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

Go deeperArrow26 mins ago - Sports

Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.