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Border Wall and Mass Deportations: Trump’s Next Big Mistake?

Donald Trump’s proposed budget is out today, and there’s a lot to take issue with. There are billions of dollars in cuts to housing, emergency management, transportation, health and human services, education, and the environment. Trump would funnel that money — and more — into defense and border security. He’s demanding $4.1 billion for a … Continue reading »

New Report Documents Ways in Which US Border Policy Separates Families

This week, Trump and DHS Secretary John Kelly floated plans to begin separating parents and children at the border, and outrage ensued. The New York Times described the idea as “cruelty disguised as compassion” while former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote that: Imposing this kind of cruelty on children runs counter to everything we stand … Continue reading »

Biden: “Erecting A Wall For The World To See Makes A Lie Of Everything We Say About Ourselves”

In the wake of the battle of words between Pope Francis and leading Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden adds to the moral argument against a massive wall along the US/Mexico border, saying that, in the face of America’s tradition of welcoming the immigrant and refugee, “erecting a wall for the world to see … Continue reading »

WaPo Editorial: Trump’s “Fact-Free” Immigration Rhetoric Doesn’t Square Up With Reality

A new Washington Post editorial, “Immigration in reverse,” highlights a new Pew Research Center report leading Republican candidates for President won’t dare mention on the campaign trail: the number of undocumented immigrants in the US is now at its lowest level since 2003. As the Post notes, our border with Mexico is more tightly patrolled … Continue reading »

So Much For Trump’s “Out Of Control” Border Claim: Undocumented Immigrant Population In US Lowest Since 2003

It’s sounding like all that heated rhetoric from Republican candidates about an uncontrollable, porous border is turning out to be exactly that — rhetoric. A new study from the Center for Migration Studies has found that the total undocumented immigrant population in the United States declined to 10.9 million in 2014, making it the lowest … Continue reading »

Marco Rubio Remains Tone Deaf On Immigration

Immigration became a big point of discussion during last night’s Republican debate, a discussion that Marco Rubio was able to avoid. Despite Rubio’s pivotal role in the “Gang of 8” Senate bill in 2013 and his subsequent reversal, he wasn’t asked about immigration by the debate moderators. Rubio, however, has been busy in the post-debate … Continue reading »

5 Fact Checks & Reactions to Immigration in Last Night’s GOP Debate

Below, we offer some reactions and fact-checking about the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate: The Focus of the “Mass-Deportation” Discussion Was on the Impracticality of Donald Trump’s Plan – Not Its Morally Abhorrent, Un-American Vision:  During the immigration-related parts of last night’s debate, most of the candidates who reacted to Donald Trump’s vision to expel 11 … Continue reading »

Trump & GOP Field Insist on Building Berlin-Style Wall Despite Net Zero Unauthorized Migration

  Eduardo Porter of the New York Times Explains Idiocy of This Approach As Donald Trump continues to steal the immigration spotlight on the campaign trail, Eduardo Porter, Economic Scene reporter for the New York Times, marshals the real facts on immigration.  While Republicans insist on “border security first,” before any immigration reform plans can be enacted, … Continue reading »

USA Today Editorial: “Getting To 100% Border Security Sounds Good Only On The Campaign Trail”

GOP Contenders Talk Walls and Fences While Majority of Americans Want Common-Sense Comprehensive Reform Leading GOP candidates – and political journalists covering them – would be wise to read the just-published USA Today editorial entitled, “Lost immigration lesson: Getting to 100% border security sounds good only on the campaign trail.”  It takes down the myths behind the … Continue reading »

While Donald Trump Goes to the Border, the Trump Effect is on Display in Congress

If We Are Going to Have a Debate on Immigration Policy, Let’s Move from Gotcha Politics to Real Solutions While the Donald heads to the border today, the Trump Effect is on display in Washington.  The GOP is following Donald Trump’s lead by staging votes on piecemeal anti-immigrant measures in Congress while blocking a comprehensive solution … Continue reading »