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In this issue, I try to make sense of what is driving the current political climate

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CAN WE CURB OUR ANIMAL INSTINCTS? 


 EXPLAINING THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE




3 WAYS WE CAN DO BETTER



Existential Crisis

Since the beginning of time, humans are continually searching for the next big thing. The next faster mode of transportation. The next fun game. The next delicious meal. The next whatever thing. Curiosity is in us, and we go to great lengths to achieve it. How else would you explain the great explorers of our time and their relentless quest for the next frontier to ensure the survival of the species.

Which leads me to an observation about the current political climate and a harsh truth we have to confront if we are to deal with the immigration problem effectively, - "talk about a white minority as early as 2044, when white Americans are projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status", is unsettling to most white families.

That Whites might soon be a minority in America is an existential problem to some white families. Not until the current President, was a politician bold enough to tackle this threat by stopping immigration. 4 or 8 years of low migration goes a long towards the down payment of a future securing a white majority.

IMHO, this is what's on the hearts and minds of families.

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"...white Americans are projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status"

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Proactive Leadership

Proactive leadership by local government and school districts might make a massive difference in what this demographic change means for families.

The success or failure of integration can reverberate for many years, influencing whether immigrants become fully participating citizens who reach their full productive potential or remain in a poverty trap thereby becoming the strain to social services that everyone dreads.

Civic participation to understand these demographics should be a priority to both

immigrants and anyone who feels threatened by the shift. 


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3 Ways to Engage Immigrant Entrepreneurs

While fear, anger, and misinformation dominate the national headlines, some communities are making great strides towards integrating immigrants, refugees and asylees. A solution that satisfies all is untenable, but that's not to say we passively participate; we make sure everyone in our community is thriving. Perhaps what we need most is PATIENCE with our immigrants.

Cincinnati has made great strides towards integrating refugees and other migrants, but more must be done. As a City, we must move from a social services approach to an economic development strategy approach. As I do my work within this sector, here are a few observations on where we can do better:


Local Business Incubators

When refugees and immigrants are excluded from various business incubators around the City because of a rigid standard of "professionalism" we need to figure out how to train them and get them ready for business incubation.

Micro Lending

Sure it's risky to give credit without a credit history, but can we lend a sum that's easy to pay off even in the face of a business loss? $500 can provide access to capital for someone who needs to buy a sewing machine for a tailoring business that ends up employing locals and creating multiple revenue streams for those it touches.

Easy Access to Programs

Most business programs available to assist immigrants and refugees are available during business hours. Since most immigrants work hourly jobs, this is a challenge. Classes are few and far between leaving many behind who would otherwise utilize them. 


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