Were the Hardliners Right on Immigration?

Were the Hardliners Right on Immigration?
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It's clearer than ever that Barack Obama's permissive immigration policies encouraged prospective immigrants to endure hardship and risk lawlessness.

Illegal immigration from Mexico peaked in 2007, but migration from Central America through Mexico did not. According to the New York Times, the increasing arrests of illegal immigrants have combined with Donald Trump's rhetoric to “scare” off prospective Central American migrants—people who, in the Obama years, might have entrusted their lives to smugglers.


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