The Conundrum of U.S. Immigration Policy

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Immigration is the political topic that people in the heartland of America were talking about this summer. I had conversations with Americans on both sides of the partisan spectrum, with the only commonalty being strong emotions. Some were convinced that migrants were freeloading on government handouts while others pointed to the violence asylum seekers were fleeing.

Whatever you say about Trump, he has clearly succeeded in escalating the rhetoric and the passions on what Americans feel about immigration. This furor had me reflecting on why this topic raises tempers and at the same time wondering why Congress seems unable to pass effective immigration legislation. And, simply stated, I want to know the truth about migrants and their impact on America’s economy and society?
Original languageEnglish
JournalElsevier Weekblad
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2019

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