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HAPPY MARCH! Immigration is still big in the news, particularly talk of stopping “chain migration.” The government recently claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no proof of this claim, the DHS disregards the value of keeping families together. America has long recognized that family unity is a core national value. Family-based immigrants are not a drain on the system. Economic studies have found that immigrants pay more into the system than they take out. Many become employers, serve in the military, and raise children who are lawyers, business owners, police officers, and productive members of society. Truthfully, family immigration is not unlimited and does not create a “chain” of “distant” relatives. In fact, family visas are only available to spouses, children, parents, and siblings. And it can take from 3 to 25 years for a family member to immigrate! Yet the Trump administration proposes to eliminate parents, siblings, and adult children from eligibility. Fortunately, many lawmakers oppose the rollback of family immigration, and Trump’s proposal may never become law. However, if you are a U.S. citizen who plans to sponsor your parent or sibling, consider applying soon. FROM THE DESK OF Ann Badmus
Conflict resolution is never easy work. One wrong move can trigger the fault lines in an already complicated relationship. On the other hand, nothing good comes of allowing an unresolved problem to fester. Finding common ground is a must, even when it’s difficult or painful. We’ve provided resolution practices for both internal and external affairs so that you can be ready to handle any conflicts that come your way. SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions,” a book written by leadership guru John Maxwell, lays out the foundational concepts behind any effective conflict resolution session. Ask questions. If communication is a two-way street, then conflict resolution is a highway. Asking a great question starts the flow of communication. “Why?” is often the easiest and best question to start with. “Five Whys” by Sakichi Toyoda is a method that you can use to untangle any issue. According to this principle, you can get to the heart of the matter within five times of asking why. Understanding and articulating the core of your issue will help you create a win-win scenario. 3 SKILLS YOU NEED T o R esolve Y our N ext C onflict
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