A few days ago, conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh crystallized, in his inimitable way, why a fight over immigration and a border wall has produced the longest government shutdown in history. The political left, Mr. Limbaugh charged, has come to believe in “open borders.” More than that, he argued, this is just the latest radical […]

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The nation’s attention is once again focused on the southern border, where President Trump claims the U.S. is facing a “crisis” over illegal immigration. Sometimes forgotten as the nation focuses attention on migrants currently trying to cross the border is that millions of undocumented immigrants continue to live in the U.S. – and most of […]

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Take a look into the backstory of how this series came to be and what the driving purpose and vision are for the discussion about the past and present state of immigration in America.

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Its name has become a sinister shorthand for the fear of violence seeping across America’s borders. MS-13, or “Mara Salvatrucha,” is one of the largest gangs in the world, a menace in several countries and a frequent target of President Trump’s rhetoric. Its violent grip in Central America is one of the forces driving thousands […]

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President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along 234 miles will […]

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A standoff between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders over how to address unauthorized immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government – one that is now the longest on record. The United States was home to 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in 2016, a 13% decline from […]

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Hannah Dreier, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, recently wrote an article about a Long Island high school student named Alex who was suspended from school and later deported for alleged gang activity. Alex had doodled the telephone country code of his native Honduras in pencil on a school calculator in math class. He also had […]

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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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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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