Immigration policy isn’t just borders and fences. It’s trade and aid, too.

4/25/2017 The Washington Post

border2Economic events in Mexico have much more to do with who comes across the border than walls or fences.

Over the past two weeks, the White House has taken credit on multiple occasions for the decline in Mexican immigration to the United States. Yet while it’s true Mexicans are not coming in large numbers anymore, that’s hardly thanks to President Trump’s administration: Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have been leaving than coming to the United States, for reasons related to labor markets and demographics both north and south of the border. Understanding these trends could help Trump approach immigration far more effectively than his administration has so far, with the government facing a potential shutdown amid debates over funding his promised border wall.

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