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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The fate of President Trump’s border wall is now in the hands of a 17-member bipartisan panel that includes some of the most senior members of Congress.

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Two years after President Trump signed orders to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers, the administration has spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort — but has thousands more vacancies than when it began. In a sign of the difficulties, Customs and Border Protection allocated $60.7 million to Accenture Federal Services, […]

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President Trump came away empty-handed for now after the longest federal government shutdown in American history failed to pressure Congress into funding his long-promised border wall, purportedly to stop an inflow of drugs and crime from Mexico. But he is not done making his case on immigration. On Sunday he rattled off several figures on […]

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The fight over the wall shut down the government for more than a month and may do so again if Mr. Trump isn’t satisfied with the way negotiations unfold over the next three weeks.

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Illegal immigration is one result of the failure of the world’s poorest countries to develop. People voting with their feet to get to richer countries and ahead in their lives has become a daunting and costly problem. Walls can keep people out but they cannot change the conditions that make them want to leave their […]

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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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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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