Feb 23, 2017

U.S. companies brace for deportation surge

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The Trump administration's announcement of a deportation surge has put many big companies on edge.

"You already have a shortage of documented individuals. So if you have fewer and fewer undocumented, at the end of the day it's going to have an impact on projects," Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction in Irvine, Calif. told the WSJ. Labor economist Donald Grimes also noted that the crackdown will likely lead to "massive labor shortages."

The other elephant in the room: More than 90% of the 65,000 undocumented immigrants removed last year from the U.S. interior were convicted criminals, per the latest WSJ editorial, and about 2,000 were affiliated with gangs. This suggests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is already targeting and removing as many bad guys as it can locate. But Kelly's plan, outlined his Dept. of Homeland Security memos, is so sweeping that it will likely also capture law-abiding immigrants who fill the tough, low-paying jobs that U.S. citizens often avoid.

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White House recommends Americans wear masks in public

New Yorker wearing a homemade face covering. Photo: Selcuk Acar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House announced that the CDC is recommending Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said at a press briefing on Friday — emphasizing the guidance is "voluntary."

Why it matters: The use of face coverings could stop people who have the virus, whether they have symptoms or not, from spreading it further when they go out in public.

Trump calls to fill up more places with oil

President Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil, in the wake of rock-bottom prices and an ensuing economic collapse of the sector itself.

Driving the news: Trump’s comments came Friday during a televised portion of a meeting he hosted with industry CEOs to discuss ways to help the sector. It’s reeling from a historic drop-off in demand with the world shutting down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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