Category: Policy

Following an announcement from the White House of an immigration reform bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced to Congress last week by Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA).  The bill would provide an 8-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, increase the number of available diversity visas, […]

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The Paycheck Protection Program application process will undergo some minor changes, according to President Biden’s administration. For the first two weeks of the the application period that opened on Wednesday, only firms with fewer than 20 employees will be eligible. Following that exclusive timeframe, it will reopen for the broader business population to apply. Additionally, […]

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The Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program effective March 9, 2021 which include: Replacing the random lottery system currently in place used to issue the annual quota of 85,000 new visas with a selection system that would favor petitions with higher salary offers. All H-1B registrants would first go […]

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The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended for an additional thirty days to February 21. These restrictions continue to impact our region’s retail and tourism, industries already critically hit by the pandemic. The Chamber has called for the restrictions to be lifted […]

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The United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act (H.R. 133) was signed into law just before the New Year. Authored by Rep. Cuellar (TX), the bill directs the Department of State to develop a strategy to further support economic ties between the U.S. and Mexico through academic and professional programs. In specific, H.R. 133 will: Encourage more […]

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Businesses are returning to familiar territory, as Governor Newsom lifted the stay at home order on Monday, indicating that the state’s numbers were beginning to decline. While this does not result in a total reopening, it does allow for San Diego to break off from the regional decision which tied our local fate to COVID […]

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Governor Unveils Budget

The state had a surprisingly good year financially, stunning the public when the Governor announced that not only was the state in the black, but it would be in a position to make significant investments into rainy day funds. More specifically, the Governor included an economic recovery package which he asked the legislature to approve […]

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A Chamber-led coalition is working to support legislation authored by Assemblymember Autumn Burke that will address new questions around the PPP loans. In short, the issue is that PPP loans were used to pay for expenses that are traditionally deductible at the state and federal levels. Federal guidance has confirmed this to be the case […]

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The Mexican Federal Government signed an agreement with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to produce and distribute 34.4 million and 77.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, respectively. While federal authorities continue to hold conversations with other pharmaceuticals to secure additional doses, the Secretariat of Health shared an overview of their distribution plan to be delivered in […]

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