What’s Going On Here

Grind for April 6th, 2019
“The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”

– William Shakespeare.


The Headline

Jared Kushner pursues immigration reform

The Grind

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is working on a proposal to expand legal immigration opportunities for low- and high-skilled workers.

Kushner in January began hosting meetings with business and immigration advocacy groups and has continued negotiations with a four-person team at the White House.

His efforts to reform legal immigration, assigned to him by the president, are in part a response to business groups who have asked the government to add permanent slots for immigrants amid a downturn in unemployment.

Kushner’s proposal, which he is expected to unveil this summer, will likely include cuts to some forms of legal immigration so as not to produce a net increase in legal arrivals.

The Details

As it stands, roughly 140,000 of the 1 million+ immigrants allowed into the country each year arrive with job prospects. The rest are are relatives, refugees, or arrivals from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.

To compare, roughly 100,000 illegals were apprehended at the southern border during the month of March. An estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently live in the US.

In the meantime, critics worry that Kushner’s moderate views will persuade Trump to abandon his promises on immigration policy.

“The president must remember that he was elected to implement an immigration system that serves national interests, not business interests,” explains RJ Hauman, an advocate for reduced migration. “A plan to increase overall immigration is nothing more than a handout to businesses, so they don’t have to compete for American workers and raise wages.”

What If

The Headline

FDA Investigates potential link between e-cigarettes and seizures

The Grind

“We have reports indicating that some people who use e-cigarettes, especially youth and young adults, are experiencing seizures following their use,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement released April 3rd.

“We’ve also seen data that indicate there may be other potential health concerns. We recognize that in many areas, more information is needed to assess whether there are additional consequences to nicotine use, especially from the use of e-cigarettes, some of which deliver high concentrations of nicotine.

The Details

Gottlieb’s statement is the latest update in the FDA’s war on the e-cigarette industry.

“E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among teens,” said Gottlieb last September. “The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not tolerable…The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products.”

Gottlieb’s warning coincided with the unveiling of a massive ad campaign designed to prevent middle and high school students from using e-cigarettes. The agency also started cracking down on Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers whose ads attracted kids.

Last month, the FDA announced plans limit e-cigarette and cigar flavors to tobacco and mint. Manufacturers have until August 8th, 2021 to comply with the new restrictions or submit applications.

While e-cigarettes were originally intended for use by adult smokers, the effect on teenagers has been significant.

From 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use increased by 80% among high school students and by 50% among middle school students. Twice as many boys use e-cigarettes as girls.

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