The Surprising Way Republicans Used to Use Immigration to Boost the Economy

There was a time when a Republican president formed immigration policy for its economic impact, rather than its rhetorical value as a campaign issue. In 1980, Ronald Reagan recognized soaring unemployment in Mexico as the driving force behind the increased flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. Then-candidate Reagan said he wanted to “make […]

We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change

In the recent standoff between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration commingled the issues of trade and immigration. This is the wrong approach, and it ignores one of the root causes of the migration challenge: a rapidly warming planet. Climate change and immigration have become more inextricably linked than ever. As of the end […]

Trump Threatened Mexico With Tariffs, But His Demands Are Vague

President Donald Trump made clear that he’s prepared to impose tariffs on Mexico over a surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border. What he didn’t specify was what he wants Mexico to do to avoid the penalties. Nonetheless, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador he’s optimistic of achieving “good results” from a high-level meeting […]

Toronto Is Now Home to a Thriving Syrian Food Scene

From the first swish of tahini sauce over chickpeas at breakfast to the final crunch of baklava at dessert, Toronto has become a land of opportunity for Syrian immigrant and refugee restaurateurs looking to share a taste of their homeland with their new city and its constant parade of visitors. Since late 2015, a refugee […]

ICE Arrests in Courthouses Leave Local Communities on Edge

There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. When President Donald Trump took office and increased immigration enforcement, he called these people “criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has thus become more prevalent, leaving local communities to search for […]

Pete Buttigieg: The U.S. Doesn’t Have the Leadership to Reform Immigration

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, an up-and-coming 2020 Democratic candidate, said Monday that the United States is at a moment “between eras in American history.” “Our economic and political system has been letting people down I would say for my entire lifetime,” said Buttigieg, 37, at CNN’s town hall in Manchester, N.H., Monday night. “We’re […]

Hillary Clinton Talks Immigration, Healthcare, Foreign Policy—And Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton addressed several issues pressing the Trump administration Friday, commenting on healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, and more during a candid discussion at the Women in the World summit in Manhattan. “We deserve to see the Mueller report,” said Clinton, referring to the special counsel investigation’s report that Attorney General William Barr is currently redacting […]

How Climate Change Could Be Driving the Border Crisis

President Donald Trump continues to focus on immigration and the crisis at the Southern border, Democrats have made fighting climate change a headlining policy ahead of the 2020 election. But in some cases, these issues might be one and the same, as increasing changes in weather patterns threaten food security in Central America. While violence […]

Motel 6 Pays the Price for Allegedly Giving Guest Information to ICE

Motel 6 will take a $12 million hit for allegedly sharing the personal information of about 80,000 guests with immigration officials without the knowledge or permission of those customers. The chain has settled a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington over the controversial policy of seven of its hotels in that state between 2015 […]

Kobach Proposes ‘Processing Towns’ for Asylum-Seekers at the Border

Former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, suggested Tuesday night that the U.S. government should create what he called “processing towns” for asylum-seekers at the Southern border. In an appearance on Fox Business Channel, Kobach told host Lou Dobbs that the government should use “the thousands of empty mobile home trailers” it currently owns to […]