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President Trump Did Not 'Manufacture' a Crisis at the Border; He Inherited One

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  by  Eric Ruark

Many in the media are reporting that there is no crisis at the border because apprehensions are below "historic highs." That is true, but this framing is misleading. The increase in family units, unaccompanied minors, and asylum seekers has created an untenable situation. And total apprehensions increased in FY2018. The media recognized the problem in 2014. Now they tell us there's no need for concern.

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Poll Finds 79% of Registered Voters Believe Illegal Immigration a Problem

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A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found public opinion split on the need to build a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, although the question implied that the intent was to build it along the entire border. That isn't what President Trump, or anyone in Congress, has proposed. What was clear is that voters find illegal immigration to be a problem (79%), with a strong plurality believing it constitutes a crisis.

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Wisconsin's Recent Response to Population Growth Ignores Immigration Impact

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  by  Dave Gorak

Wisconsin appears to be on the verge of joining 17 other states that allow motorists to drive on highway shoulders in order to reduce congestion during peak travel times. This "solution" reminds me of the story about the guy who came home to discover that he left the water running in a sink and attacks the problem with a mop and bucket instead of shutting off the water, in this case the "water" being population growth that is 88 percent fueled by immigration.

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116th Congress Convenes, Funding Compromise Remains Elusive

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The House and Senate convened the 116th Congress today without any compromise in sight for funding the remaining federal agencies. President Trump invited congressional leadership to a border security briefing at the White House Wednesday but the meeting broke without an agreement. The president invited leaders to meet again on Friday but it is uncertain whether the meeting will take place.

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Japan's Unpopular Guest Worker Expansion Mirrors U.S. Mistakes

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  by  Van Esser

Using what has been described as “strong-arm tactics,” Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrat Party pushed legislation through the Diet (Japanese parliament) early last month to expand the nation’s guest worker program. 55 percent opposed the law but that apparently did not bother the ruling Party. It rammed the bill through the Diet rather build broad public consensus on the need for change. That’s not unlike how the ruling elites in the United States have pushed through guest worker programs that are detrimental to American workers.

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