By Christina Goldbaum, The New York Times The fears weigh on Mike McMahon: If one of his undocumented workers gets a traffic ticket, it could prompt an immigration audit of his entire farm. If another gets detained by immigration agents at a roadside checkpoint or in a supermarket parking lot, the rest may flee. And […]

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By The Economist Donald Trump promised to resort to untested measures to keep Mexican migrants from crossing America’s southern border. The promise contained at least two nagging flaws. The first is an outdated view. Migration of Mexicans is down by 90% from its peak in 2000; now most border-hoppers come from the “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, […]

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By Bruce E. Cain for The American Interest In some idealized version of party democracy, candidates campaign in support of policies that can both get them elected and solve real problems. In theory, the goals of winning elections and governing effectively should be symbiotic. But that is not the political universe we live in. Instead, […]

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By David R. Henderson for the Hoover Institution Economists are almost unanimous in their view that when barriers to trade fall, the vast majority of residents of the country whose government reduces those barriers gains. They gain as consumers from the increased availability and variety of goods they can buy and from lower prices of […]

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By Miriam Jordan for The New York Times President Trump has tried to halt the arrival of undocumented migrants by beefing up border security, limiting who qualifies for asylum and, for a while, separating migrant children from their parents at the border. However, figures released Tuesday suggest that those measures are failing to deter tens […]

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By Andrea Widener for Chemical & Engineering News Almost as soon as he started college, Morteza Khaledi knew he wanted to be a professor. And he quickly decided that a doctoral degree from a U.S. university was the best path to get there. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pahlavi University (now Shiraz […]

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By Lisa Mascaro for The Associated Press One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it. And one by one, during a […]

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By Julia Ainsley for NBC News Undocumented immigrants are increasingly choosing to cross the U.S. border illegally rather than waiting in line to claim asylum at legal ports of entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by NBC News. Immigration lawyers and rights advocates say asylum seekers are opting for illegal crossing because […]

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By Sean Collins Walsh for the Austin American-Statesman Like the Rio Grande below, a calm but constant stream of sedans, pickups and SUVs crossing the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge on a recent weekday morning flowed. They went over the U.S.-Mexico border, banked right upon reaching the U.S. side and slowed to a trickle as they passed […]

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By Albert B. Kelly for NJ.com. We all know about the fight that’s taking place over immigration and security at the U.S. southern border. We also know the conventional wisdom on both sides of the issue. But what if we’re all way off base? What if it turns out that the narrative we’ve been told about illegal […]

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When bipartisan immigration discussions pop up, Democrats often insist it’s hard to find a solution because of the GOP’s immigration evolution. The days of Ronald Reagan endorsing an amnesty program and denouncing walls are long gone, replaced by President Trump’s talk of “rapists” and quest for a wall. But the reality is that Democrats have […]

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By Ali Noorani In the late afternoon sun, an elderly woman swept the front of her home with the same pride of suburban America. But we weren’t in suburban America. We were in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the 2013 murder capital of the world. Dust filled our bus as we bounced along the dirt road […]

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Unlike President Donald Trump, troops don’t seem to view either immigration across our southern border or Mexico itself as much of a national-security threat, the results of a recent Military Times poll suggest. On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency along the U.S. border with Mexico, in order to secure funding for his long-proposed border […]

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The White House’s announcement Thursday that President Trump would claim emergency powers to build his border wall without congressional approval was a way out of the political crisis he created over shutting down the government. But while the move means the country will avoid another protracted shutdown, legal specialists warned that the long-term costs to […]

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President Donald Trump is fond of describing undocumented immigrants in terms usually reserved for vermin. Just last summer, he warned they would “pour into and infest our country.” New research finds that this sort of language has a pernicious effect on a specific group of people: Those for whom being an American is a central […]

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Ahead of President Trump’s scheduled rally in this West Texas city aimed at building support for his proposed wall on the border with Mexico, people from across the ideological spectrum in El Paso had a message for him on Sunday: Don’t speak for us. “The president is just wrong about the wall and wrong about […]

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The familiar ritual unfolds each morning like clockwork now, next to the giant “Mexico” in block letters that greets visitors and migrants to the Chaparral pedestrian crossing into  San Diego.  A woman standing under a temporary shade looked at a large book containing a list of migrants waiting to claim asylum in the United States. She […]

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By Loren SteffyExecutive Producer, the Rational Middle of Immigration Apparently, President Donald Trump hasn’t heard of Todd Davis. The Trump Organization, the president’s private company that owns several golf courses, has had an embarrassing problem of hiring undocumented immigrants even as its namesake has been calling for a wall to keep them out. So, the […]

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Nearly 14% of the U.S. population was born in another country, numbering more than 44 million people in 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This was the highest share of foreign-born people in the United States since 1910, when immigrants accounted for 14.7% of the […]

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When U.S. consumers are calling about a hotel reservation or an airline flight, there’s a good chance a deportee in El Salvador is on the other end of the line. Call centers are a thriving business in El Salvador. In office buildings lined with cubbies, employees sit at computers wearing a phone headset and responding […]

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