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Trump’s wall would add to the 650 miles of fences and other barriers that already line the border with Mexico. Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo

Confused about Trump’s border wall?: 7 essential reads

While Trump appears to have backed away, for now, from a showdown over funding his proposed barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, the idea isn't going away anytime soon. Our experts offer a primer.
Deporting more illegal immigrants means hiring more ICE agents. The costs add up. Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

Why mass deportations are costly and hurt the economy

Following through on campaign promises to forcibly evict several million illegal immigrants, Trump has set in motion a plan to deport those with criminal records. But doing so won't come cheap.
U.S. Border Patrol frisks a man near the U.S.-Mexico border in California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Trump’s policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants

A team of legal scholars breaks down the factors that will determine which immigrants are most vulnerable for deportation under the new administration.
Grape pickers carry loads of cabernet sauvignon grapes to a trailer bin during harvest at the Clos du Bois vineyard in Geyserville, California. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

How Trump’s deportation plan threatens America’s food and wine supply

Trump's plan to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants will likely end up rounding up many of the laborers Americans depend upon to pick their grapes and tend to their avocados.
Students protesting on campus in Davis, California, following the election of Donald Trump. Max Whittaker/Reuters

What’s the history of sanctuary spaces and why do they matter?

Students and faculty are demanding universities declare themselves sanctuary campuses. Historically, sanctuary offered both legal and moral protection for the vulnerable.
Sailing illegally toward Europe Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Migrants at sea: the missing context

The headlines about thousands of migrants losing their lives at sea are shocking. But as news consumers we hear little about the context pushing these people to leave their homes.
Would-be Europeans, survivors of a Mediterranean crossing gone wrong Darrin Zammit/Reuters

Influx of immigrants shines light on the darker side of Europe

German philosopher Jurgen Habermas once famously pronounced the European Union a force for good: A model for what he described as a “cosmopolitan world order.” The Nobel committee agreed and in 2012 awarded…

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