IMMIGRATION | On October 3, a federal judge temporarily blocked the administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. The Justice Department has already appealed the decision. Here’s how the Greater Washington region would be impacted if the program were to end. (Washingtonian, 10/16)
Steve Fuller, a professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, and a preeminent authority on the local economy, is also wary of the repercussions that could come with disenfranchising TPS holders. He’s previously sounded the alarm bell in this magazine about DC’s slow-growing economy, which has ranked among the lowest-performing out of the US’s 15 largest metropolitan areas in recent years. In that context, losing the contributions of the region’s TPS holders is something he thinks “we can’t afford.”
According to Fuller, TPS holders’ labor-force participation rate ranges from 80 to 88 percent, which is a full 20 percentage points higher than the average in the Washington area.
HOUSING | A DC Councilmember has introduced legislation to seal eviction records, which would help low-income residents find housing. (WCP, 10/16)
PHILANTHROPY | Paul Allen Shows It’s Hard to Give Away $10 Billion (Atlantic, 10/16)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Montgomery County students have created an eight minute documentary on youth activism called We Are Now. (Bethesda Beat, 10/16)
HEALTH | The DC Council has approved an emergency bill to require hospitals to get approval from the city before they close or end services. They hope this will delay Providence Hospital’s expected closure in December 2018. (WAMU, 8/16)
TRANSPORTATION | Disability advocates want MetroAccess to have medical kits for riders (Washington Times, 10/15)
WORKFORCE | The Montgomery County Council has approved legislation to guarantee raises for workers who handle trash and recycling when unionized county service employees receive pay increases. (WaPo, 10/16)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | 5 1/2 Things That Americans Are Saying About The Arts (Forbes, 10/15)
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