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Private border wall construction continues despite court order

On Thursday and Friday, within three days of a temporary restraining order being issued, the Guardian found construction crews with at least 10 heavy machinery vehicles moving soil, digging trenches and positioning tall metal posts along the US bank of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo county, which forms the border with Mexico. A 3.5-mile, privately-funded […]

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Border Patrol struggles to recruit agents amid immigration crackdown

Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown has a problem: not enough Americans are willing to carry it out. The Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can replace them, putting a question mark over the president’s plan to ramp up the force. Air and Marine Operations, a separate agency, is also struggling to find pilots and […]

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Mexico will not accept unilateral Trump immigration steps, foreign minister says

Mexico has indicated it would not accept the Trump administration’s new US immigration proposals, saying it would go to the United Nations to defend the rights of immigrants in the US. Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign minister, was responding to Donald Trump’s plans to enforce immigration rules more vigorously against undocumented migrants, which could lead to […]

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States where Trump is most likely to create new jobs.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he will create new jobs and make America great again. Trump implied workers in the coal mines and rust belt areas of the United States will be working again and immigrants will be deported. And he may well be right. Only those unemployed coal mine workers and former workers in […]

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America’s poorest border town: no immigration papers, no American Dream

Colonia Muñiz is the third stop for a series of Guardian dispatches about the lives of people trying to make a life in places that seem the most remote from the American Dream. According to one measure, the US Census Bureau’s American community survey 2008-2012 of communities of more than 1,000 people – the latest […]

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The unfounded fear of Muslim immigration

An article by Doug Saunders in The Globe and Mail today looks at the “Muslim tide” in the west and our own capacity for fear, including our  fear of Italian or Irish Catholics. An excerpt: The unease I felt on the sidewalks and buses of our London neighbourhood was not a novel sensation. If I […]