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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.
A man has his fingerprints scanned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while others wait their turn. Reuters/Jeff Topping

Is the US immigration court system broken?

The system is backlogged and inefficient. Trump's commitment to strict immigration enforcement will likely make the problem worse.
A glimpse behind bars. Cropped from krystiano/flickr

Private prisons, explained

The White House is pushing for more private prisons. But do the industry's promised benefits hold up to scrutiny?
What if even you didn’t know your own password? Password via shutterstock.com

Why we should not know our own passwords

As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
Pro-statehood supporters at the seaside Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Danica Coto

Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?

Over the years, Puerto Ricans have in fact been granted three different types of U.S. citizenship, but questions about their rights and equal treatment as citizens still remain.
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.
A Mexican who was recently deported from the U.S. in Tijuana, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

America’s mass deportation system is rooted in racism

From Chinese laborers to 'bad hombres,' the US settler mentality has perpetuated an immigration system that pushes out unwanted groups and bypasses the Constitution.

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