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 by some estimates. The economic analysis of the earlier sections of fencing raises significant questions about what Americans would be getting for their money.

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Hundreds of thousands of "Dreamers" have come out of the shadows using DACA. Now the economic benefit of the program, as well as the trust dreamers have placed in us as a country, is at stake.

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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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In the immigration debate of recent years, the focus has been squarely landed on bringing people to America who have high skills and education. We explore the history of the high skill visa and the challenges it faces going forward.

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What does it take to immigrate to the United States of America? Who is eligible, what are the procedures and requirements, and how long does it take? This episode explores the challenging path one must take to immigrate to our country legally.

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Stability in employment is a concern for many Americans. The stability and growth of the American economy requires the ability to track and respond to worker availability and consumer demand. How does undocumented immigration impact the job market?

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Keeping America safe is key to a high quality of life. In this episode, we explore what a physical barrier on the southern border does and doesn’t provide in the endeavor complete that mission.

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Houston had a shortage of construction workers long before Hurricane Harvey inundated the city, damaging some 300,000 homes and apartments. After the storm, the need turned dire.

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In an event that brought tears to the eyes of some in attendance, the filmmakers behind Rational Middle: Immigration unveiled their newest work to Houstonians Wednesday night at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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The Mexico Center at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University hosts Rational Middle: Immigration experts for a panel discussion about immigration in America.

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The Law Center at the University of Houston hosts Rational Middle: Immigration experts for a panel discussion about immigration in America.

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Illegal immigration is the result of complex economic, legal and political factors that many Americans don’t understand.

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Houston Matters interviews Rational Middle: Immigration creators Gregory Kallenberg and Loren Steffy.

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Our dream arrived one day in a nondescript envelope. Inside were two plastic cards for my wife and me granting us permanent U.S. residency.

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Following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017, Houston finds itself in the grips of a housing crisis with not enough legal workers to rebuild a broken city, despite having a population of nearly 500,000 undocumented immigrants.

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There are many ways to quantify the costs and benefits of undocumented immigrants’ burden on communities and the country but rarely do conversations include the price of enforcement which winds up costing us in unexpected ways.

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