The Costs of a Mexico Shakedown

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You can already hear President Donald Trump’s diehard stalwarts thumbing a Zippo under their preferred strawman: Elites in Washington—“Establishment Republicans,” in particular—hate border security and enrich themselves off illegal immigration…
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Did Trump Transform the Election?

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In an election year in which the bizarre has become the expected, Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico followed by a rabble-rousing speech on illegal immigration in Arizona provided more proof…
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Trump’s Mexican Hail Mary

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The revelation that Donald Trump was preparing to visit Mexico per the request of the Mexican government and its president, Enrique Peña Nieto, was leaked to the press before the…
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Note to Donald: Mexico Won’t Fold

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Give Donald Trump some credit. Several months into his presidential campaign, he finally gave us something in writing that told how he would carry off his signature campaign promise. If…
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The Model Mexico Must Follow

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Most of the news coverage about the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has focused on the unlikely role of Sean Penn: By arranging to do a Rolling Stone interview…
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Mexico’s Immigration Hypocrisy

Late last month, a train derailed in southern Mexico killing at least five passengers. The train is part of a line that often serves to bring Central American migrants north…
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Ciudad Juarez: The Wrong Kind of Calm?

One side effect of the American political habit of fighting metaphorical “wars”—the war on poverty, the war on drugs—is the blurring of distinctions. But the war on drugs stands apart…
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Texas Public Policy Is Case Study

Labor-related immigration to the United States has always been driven by basic economics. Border security is certainly essential to any country’s obligation to safeguard its homeland, but the volume of…
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