Mexico, Suraj Diaz, Congress discussed on Marketplace
For having me on we've got an excerpt from town of Deads book about that failed acquisition of the French companies don't mention and why Nobody had he stopped it. It's on our website marketplace, not organ also there and you're gonna want to check this out. That old marketplace theme music I mentioned with the G audio logo in it there to kinda while U. S citizenship and Immigration Services, which is of course, the government's main office for citizenship. Immigration services says it's gonna have to furlough 2/3 of its staff. Unless Congress sends $1.2 billion its way by the first week of August. Why I hear you asking Because it's funded by user fees and as applications for legal immigration have dropped because fewer people want to come here. The agency is running out of money, and that means marketplaces and ULA reports. For people trying to get work visas or green cards and already long and arduous process is going to get longer and more arduous. Suraj Diaz came to the United States in 2002 to get a masters degree in computer science in North Carolina. He's been working under an H one B visa since 2005 and he got tentative approval for permanent residents four years later. He's been waiting for his green card ever since. After a certain period of time. We just stopped looking. Suraj and his wife, Karima, have two daughters. Born in America. Arema is a dentist. And together they owned their own practice in New York, Pennsylvania, where the employees seven people, he still works in it. He and has to renew his visa every couple of years. It was like a sword hanging on your neck all the time, Because unless you get your green card in your hand, you never know If what happened this year, each one gets denied next time. Manin Shah, data specialist in Austin, Texas, is also waiting for his green card. But he's got a more pressing concern right now he needs to visit his father in India who has cancer. Chaz, waiting for immigration officials to give him documentation that will allow him to get back into America if they're already backlogged. And if the remote people my body is, it might even cause for the village. In a lot of ways. Charles experiences typical to be an immigrant in this country is to shift from one anxiety to the next Alan or is president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He says. The U. S. C s budget is so dire because it is discouraged new applicants, double the amount of money it spends on fraud prevention and tripled what it spends on vetting. So the shortfall right now with the budget is from mismanagement of the government by imposing new regulations there weren't needed. USCs declined comment. The agency also made it Morrell offensive to apply for a visa raising fees earlier this year to make up for fewer applications. Richard Berk, CEO of envoy global Affirm that helps companies navigate the visa process, says Cos We're willing to pay those higher fees but just want certainty. Employers are worried that a reduction in U. S. C. I a staff could mean they don't get the workers that they need those that we serve you. This is an entirely self inflicted wounds, and the consequence is just another challenge is these companies try to rebound from Kobe and seek to hire the best brightest without intervention from Congress. The shortfall threatens to put more than 13,000 USCs employees on furlough beginning August 3rd. I may be Euler for marketplace. The United States is the biggest agricultural trading partner Mexico has and as here, a lot of small local farmers in Mexico wind up competing with Big AG conglomerates. With band Emmick. They're having to adapt the changes in farm production as well from Cage Z's Mexico City bureau Rodrigo Cervantes reports in the state of Veracruz on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Our Alia Valium, I recorded some of the sounds from the jungle where she grows organic produce and medicinal herbs. She uses them in the lotions that she sails for her business called Nando. He bestowed that temperament, she says she has been forced by the pandemic to reinvent her busies normally shapes our products throughout Mexico, but customers haven't ordered anything. Since April, she had to shut down her first store close to where she lives, which opened 15 days before the pandemic. Dollars courses scale chaos, everyone on a nine. So during this pause volume says she's been taking online seminar's about guarding to improve her skills. Evil, so I settled, Corso. And the interpreter role. So is using this time to share her knowledge. She created Free e book on how to farm vegetables at home and plans to teach people about organic gardening. Using social media. She hopes to find customers that way. But at the moment she's living on her savings in Mexico City, Enrique Cervantes is also inventing his business. We're trying to make a bridge between the people from the field. With the people from the city servant is organized Bonito Yankees and organic produce Street market that has been around for nine years. The last bus are held in January, attracted more than 15,000 people in four days. But the pandemic changed everything. We have canceled six bands when the street market business clothes he opened a new store. It's not replacing the street market business, but he says, at least it's helping him survive. If you really want to make a change in the world, and you don't have to wait, so the government makes it will have to wait for the next American election. You can do it with the things that you're putting on the table. Some farmers were flourishing in the pandemic like plant, a seed Florida such medical it's a community of dozens of family owned businesses that grow decorative plants at the outskirts of Mexico City..