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Trump Border Wall Would Cost Nearly $18 Billion

The White House proposal, presented by the Department of Homeland Security to a group of senators, provides the most detail so far of Trump’s plans to build a “big, beautiful wall.” Part of a $33 bilion plan for border security, including technology, personnel, and roads, it would cover nearly half of the southwest border.

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You’re Safer in a ‘Sanctuary City,’ says New Study

A California study rebuts arguments that urban counties which limit or refuse  cooperation with immigration authorities in reporting undocumented immigrants are breeding grounds for crime. In particular, white residents of sanctuary cities are 62 percent less likely to die from gun violence than their counterparts elsewhere, the study found.

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Prosecutors: Immigration Raids on Courthouses ‘Jeopardize’ Community Safety

Brooklyn, NY DA Eric Gonzalez, Seattle prosecutor Dan Satterberg and former Nassau County (NY) prosecutor Meg Reiss condemn recent ICE courthouse arrests, charging they “infringe the ability of local officials to protect the rights of  victims, witnesses and defendants” and threaten our democracy.

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Anti-Immigrant Resentment: A Threat to Our Justice System?

The career of a Pennsylvania congressman illustrates the racist undercurrents of our immigration debate, writes the author of a recent book on Rep. Lou Barletta. But he adds that Barletta, who rose to prominence by exploiting a murder case allegedly involving undocumented immigrants, also demonstrates how anti-immigrant resentment has undermined the principles of U.S. justice.

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The Immigration Crackdown: Is Anywhere Safe?

In our continuing series highlighting jurisdictions to watch as efforts to deport the undocumented multiply, John Jay researcher Daniel Stageman examines Alamance County in North Carolina, where a civil rights suit stopped local law enforcement from enforcing detention orders. Will it get new life under Trump?

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Policing Immigrants: Getting Past the Myths

The “patchwork” of local laws and federal actions is no way to make policy, says the co-author of a new book that applies real data to an issue that’s been clouded by polarizing rhetoric and misinformation this election campaign.