Donald Trump’s immigration policy: Then and now

08/23/2016 CNN

immigrationAustin, Texas (CNN)Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by promising to build a “great, great wall” on the US southern border — and make Mexico pay for it — while painting undocumented Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

More than a year later, Trump, now the Republican nominee, is preparing to wade back into the heated immigration debate. This time, though, he appears poised to lay out a more nuanced immigration policy — one that could roll back some of the unapologetically blunt proposals that helped carry him to victory in the GOP primaries.


Mexico reclaims migrant-shuttling ‘The Beast’ railroad concession

08/23/16 Reuters

migrants1Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday it had taken over a concession to a southern railroad, whose trains are known locally as “The Beast,” which thousands of Central American migrants have used to hitch rides to the United States.

The ministry scrapped the concession, which had belonged to the Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab rail company, on the grounds of “public interest, public usage and national security,” it said in a statement, without elaborating.

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The case for comprehensive immigration reform

08/16/2016 The Seattle Times

immigrationWASHINGTON state is a great place to call home, and with good reason. Business is booming and neighborhoods are vibrant. Much of this, in large part, is because immigrants and refugees are setting down new roots and making vital contributions to grow our economy and workforce while strengthening communities across the state.

new report by the Partnership for a New American Economy, “The Contributions of New American in Washington,” details what we already know to be true: Immigrants are essential to our economic growth and are adding to diversity in communities we call home. It’s a refreshing and fact-based analysis that counters much of the misguided national rhetoric about immigrants and immigration.

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The World Is Full of Walls That Don’t Work

08/16/2016 Politico 

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoAcross the world, building walls has become the political strategy favored by nations convinced that barriers are the only way to deal with difficult neighbors. In some regions, walls are used to claim territory; in others, they are used to separate warring factions; in yet others, they are meant to keep the unwanted out.

Donald Trump shares this view. The centerpiece of his presidential platform from the beginning has been building a wall between Mexico and the United States to stop illegal immigration, getting Mexico to pay for the concrete structure, and outlawing amnesty for immigrants already in the U.S. without documentation. (He presents this as a new initiative, without mentioning that the U.S. has just completed building 651 miles of fencing and walls along our southern border.)
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A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration

08/15/2016 Quartz

deportation“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.” —Donald Trump, in his 2016 Republican party nomination acceptance speech.

If US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing.
Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. In fact, a century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise.

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DACA Now: Returning To Mexico For The First Time In 17 Years

08/15/2016 OPB’s

immigrationOn June 2012, President Barack Obama signed into policy the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as DACA. The policy provides a work permit and exemption from deportation that is renewable every two years to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16.

Former OPB news intern Juan Ramirez obtained a deportation deferral and was able to apply for “advance parole” — a permit that lets non-legal residents be paroled back into the U.S. — so he could travel to visit his sick father. Ramirez returned to Mexico this past fall for the first time in almost two decades.

Here is his story.

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After Years Apart, Reunited Families Get To Hug Across The US-Mexico Border

08/11/2016 Fronteras

border_at_tijuana-tomas-castelazo2Families separated by their immigration status sloshed through a muddy trickle of the Rio Grande on Wednesday to embrace at the border between the United States and Mexico. Their reunion was a momentary truce organized by immigrant advocates and supervised by the Border Patrol. Families who came from the United States wore blue T-shirts and their relatives from Mexico wore white T-shirts. They met in the middle of a concrete canal between the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Francisco Luevano squeezed his mother to his chest for the first time in 15 years. Luevano is an undocumented hotel maintenance worker who lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His mother traveled 700 miles from central Mexico to see him for a fleeting three minutes.

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