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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He entered the U.S. as a boy. He was deported to Mexico as a man. Now, he is a stranger in his homeland.

08/10/2016 The Desert Sun

Mexican-American_border_at_NogalesWhen Julio Alonso was deported from the United States last week and released, he strolled into Mexico without knowing he had crossed the border.

“We’re in Mexico right now?” the confused 23-year-old said when a reporter approached him, just minutes after he was dropped off by U.S. immigration officials.

Alonso sat alone on a metal bench outside the Mexican immigration office, a small building in the corner of a one-story strip mall next to two charity offices and across the parking lot from an identical strip mall filled with offices for various federal agencies.

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The Forgotten History Behind America’s Immigration Debate

08/09/2016 TIME

immigrationThese days, debates over immigration may seem like an inescapable and constant part of American politics. From the Supreme Court to thePresidential election, everyone has an opinion about how to fix a system that many perceive as broken.

But as immigration historian David Reimers tells TIME, that’s not actually the case. The current debate over immigration–especially when it comes to immigration from Mexico—is largely a product of the 20th century. “For so much of our history, immigrants just sort of came in,” says Reimers, a professor emeritus of history at NYU. “We had a very loose border with Mexico.”

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Mexico is already the immigration ‘wall’ some politicians want

08/01/16 Los Angeles Times 

us mex flagMexico is a critical partner,” President Obama reminded reporters during a joint news conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on July 22, “and is critically important to our own well-being.” The two presidents praised not only their countries’ immense cross-border trade but also bilateral collaboration on energy, the environment and counter-narcotics. Left unmentioned in their opening remarks was another crucial way Mexico is helping its northern neighbor: as a buffer between the U.S. and Central America’s Northern Triangle, where gang violence, chronic corruption and endemic poverty drives hundreds of thousands from their homes each year.

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07/27/16 JSTOR Daily 

800px-mexico_location_mapsvgImagine if the tables were turned, and Mexico was trying desperately to keep American immigrants out.

Picture this: A liberal immigration policy fails to assimilate newcomers. A giant slice of national territory is swamped by foreigners speaking a strange tongue and practicing a different religion. Meanwhile, an influx of desperate newcomers is crossing the Rio Grande seeking a new life.

The government: Mexico. The territory: Texas, transformed by Anglo-American newcomers. And the people crossing the Rio Grande: escaped slaves.

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