Building the Welcome Corps, an Alternative Pathway for Refugees: A Conversation with Craig Damian Smith
Biden's new Welcome Corps program enables regular Americans to sponsor refugees. In this brief, Kelsey Norman and Ana Martin Gil outline a conversation with Craig Damian Smith, co-founder of Pairity, on the Canadian model for private refugee sponsorship and how it can inform the U.S. context.
Kelsey Norman, Ana Martín Gil June 20, 2023
Some Like It Hot: Mexico’s Ambivalent Policy Toward Climate Change
This report explores the motives underlying Mexico’s contradictory climate change policies. Given the fossil fuel-centered actions of the López Obrador administration, the author argues that Mexico’s recent clean energy turn is merely an attempt to lower tensions with the U.S. — not a true commitment to combatting climate change.
Miriam Grunstein June 15, 2023
Closing the Loop on the World’s Fastest-growing Waste Stream: Electronics
Electronic waste is surging globally, presenting growing threats to the environment and human health. Rachel A. Meidl explains how coordinated action can help us move to a sustainable, circular economy of electronics.
Rachel A. Meidl June 14, 2023
What Recent Money Laundering Cases Reveal About Legal Loopholes Used by Mexican Kleptocrats in Texas
Recent money laundering cases in Texas have left behind a trove of documents that open a window into the methods used by Mexican kleptocrats. They also reveal what the U.S. can do to strengthen its financial system against such illicit activities.
Jason Buch June 13, 2023
Why the Consumer Product Safety Act Should be Modified to Include Firearms
Regulating firearms under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) — just like any other product — could enhance their safety, writes fellow Sandra McKay. She explains how the CPSA could investigate misfirings and require safety information to be distributed with every gun sale.
Sandra McKay June 12, 2023
Prioritizing Patient Health in Texas & the US by Integrating the Non-Medical Drivers of Health
This brief reviews federal and Texas specific policies and regulation to support the integration of non-medical services into health care payment systems.
Elena M. Marks, Jacquie Klotz, Rebecca Mak June 8, 2023
Revamping the TN Visa To Get Workers Where the US Needs Them
This report takes a deep dive into how expanding the scope of the nonimmigrant TN Visa — available only to Mexican and Canadian citizens — could help solve the U.S. labor shortage. In a political climate where full-scale immigration reform seems impossible, more temporary work visas can help bridge the labor gap.
Tony Payan, Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez June 7, 2023
Baker Briefing: America’s Youth Mental Health Crisis
Young people in the U.S. face an unprecedented mental health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated rates of depression, anxiety and suicide among adolescents that were already at historically high levels before the pandemic. Since 2020, mental health-related emergency room visits have increased 31% among adolescents while suicide rates among teenagers increased 25%.
Edward M. Emmett, Rola El-Serag, Lilian Dindo, Jan Lindsay June 7, 2023