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With Immigration Drop, Who Needs a Wall?

| Mar. 14, 2017

Last week's announcement by the Trump administration regarding a significant decline in the number of border crossings from Mexico presented an opportunity for the government to tout the benefits of tough immigration rules.

But, as is the case with most aspects of immigration policy, the numbers also reveal the complicated nature of migration — and, as a result, present a dual challenge for the administration. First, such numbers suggest that the "wall" is no longer necessary, if it ever was. And, second, the harsh anti-immigration sentiment in the country at the time the border numbers were collected is also having an impact on lawful migration, mainly in academia and tourism....

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For Academic Citation: Kayyem, Juliette.“With Immigration Drop, Who Needs a Wall?.” CNN, March 14, 2017.

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Juliette Kayyem