By Loren Steffy President Donald Trump recently called for extending amnesty to illegal immigrants. You may have missed it, because he didn’t use those words. He cloaked it in his trademark tough talk, making it sound as if he wants to crack down on illegal immigration. What he’s actually proposing would have the opposite effect. […]

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Young men take sips of sweetened tea from plastic cups. Their hangout is the Somali Grocery and Restaurant, a scruffy, brightly lit spot a few steps from the Mississippi river in central Minnesota. The men, while eyeing a televised football game, discuss the difficulty of finding well-paid jobs. A biochemistry graduate, Abdiweli Barre, says career-building […]

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Few industries are more directly effected by the immigration debate than construction. In its December issue Construction Dimension, the magazine of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Mark L. Johnson looks at how the industry is trying to cut through the rhetoric in Washington and find reasonable solutions: Last March, during a panel […]

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Despite acknowledging that they “dropped the ball” by releasing more than 200 asylum seekers onto the streets of El Paso without money or means of transportation—or without warning local officials—Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan to release hundreds more over Christmas, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke told Texas Monthly Monday. The move over the holiday has […]

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On the morning of June 2, 2017, Odette Dureland woke to a loud knock on the door of the one-story bungalow that she shares with her husband and her children. She was recovering from minor surgery, so her 26-year-old daughter, Rebecca, rose to open the door. Outside, there was a group of federal agents from […]

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The border wall has become the stumbling block between Republicans and Democrats over government funding, leading to a shutdown of the federal government. A wall, however, already exists along stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The New York Times created an interactive graphic to show what’s already in place. For more on the Wall — whether we […]

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Seven days a week, Martha Lopez arrived before dawn at the Target in Brentwood, Tennessee, to make sure the store in the Nashville suburb gleamed for shoppers. For about two years, Lopez said, she emptied trash, scrubbed the toilets and polished the white floors to maintain the “wet look” the retailer demands. The pay wasn’t […]

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Claudia Kolker, author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope, has been volunteering to help asylum-seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border navigate the legal process. She recently wrote this opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle: I was standing in a trailer in South Texas, anxiously sipping from a […]

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This is an excerpt of an article written by Texas state Rep. Byron Cook for the website TexasGOPVote: Under Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership in 2001, Texas became the first state to pass an in-state resident tuition policy that gives undocumented students who graduate from Texas high schools and meet certain requirements the same in-state […]

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President Trump, in a meeting with Democratic leaders in the Oval Office yesterday, threatened to shut down the federal government later this month if Congress doesn’t approve funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But is it worth it? Will the wall, and the billions it will cost, result in better border security? […]

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More than 150,000 doctors, health care organizations and others have flooded the Federal Register with comments condemning a Trump administration plan that would make it harder for immigrants to maintain their legal residency status if they seek federal assistance for food, health care or housing. […] The rule in question is known as a “public charge” test, […]

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MIAMI – When Hurricane Michael tore through north Florida in October, it completely destroyed a car wash business owned by a Palestinian immigrant. The Category 4 storm also caused significant damage to his house and an office building that he owns in Panama City. The man, a legal U.S. resident who first entered the U.S. in […]

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The U.S. soldier was ready to deploy across the world at a moment’s notice, but when the orders came down weeks ago to mobilize on the southern border, it sparked a flash of concern. He knew the mission was in support of border agents combing harsh borderland terrain to arrest anyone unlawfully in the country. […]

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The business of housing, transporting and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border is not a multimillion-dollar business. It’s a billion-dollar one.

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Some 40,000 migrants are being held in detention facilities in the United States, but before the 1980s, the idea of immigrant detentions had all but died out.

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President Trump has proposed a fence that would stretch 2,000 miles and cost as much as $25 billion. Economic analysis raises significant questions about what Americans would be getting for their money.

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They call it “La Lista” — The List. And the thousands of migrants who have arrived in northern Mexico in recent weeks with plans to apply for asylum in the United States have quickly learned its importance to their future.

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