Moving and Working
Column Published in syndication February 03, 2021

The pandemic created upheaval in multiple areas of Americans' lives last year, including where they live and how they work. The overall volume of moves was down last year due to the complexity created by the virus, but the patterns were both enlightening and harbingers of things to come. While the US population is always mobile in response to economic conditions and preferences, a recent survey by Hire a Helper found that about a quarter of 2020 moves were related to COVID-19, with the most commonly cited reasons being (1) escaping the worst of the pandemic, (2) losing a job or income, and (3) sheltering-in-place with or taking care of family.

The Importance of the Hispanic Workforce
Column Published in syndication November 15, 2017

More than 40 million people in the United States identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up from fewer than 28 million in 2003 according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Hispanics may be of any race, and include Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central and South Americans, and others.

"Give Me Your Tired, Your...Never Mind!"
Column Published in syndication February 22, 2017

Immigration is once again at the forefront of American politics. Following President Trump's infamous travel ban, the highly-publicized immigration raids, and the Day Without Immigrants protests in response, policymakers from both sides of the aisle are turning increasing attention to the need for immigration reform. It is important, however, before diving into the political rhetoric, to have an accurate understanding of the vital role that immigrants play in our economy. New American Economy, a major bipartisan group of business leaders, celebrated a "Day of Impact for Immigration Reform" on February 21; I thought this was a good time to explore the issue in some detail.