U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The bad economics of Trump's bad immigration policy

The bad economics of Trump's bad immigration policy

The Trump-produced horror show at the U.S. border represents the rock-bottom of American responses to the challenge of immigration — a cruel and immoral abuse of children for midterm political gain by a cynical president — but it comes at the end of a long, tortured road.

For 30 years, since President Ronald Reagan’s offer of amnesty and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Congress has failed to build a comprehensive and sustainable system. Why? Super-partisanship in Washington; the incessant demonizing of undocumented workers and the myth that they steal jobs from American citizens; and strident opposition to repeating Reagan’s practical and humane gesture that...

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