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The Border Security Obsession

June 24, 2013 in Economics

Immigration is mainly an economic phenomenon, but the politics surrounding reform are mired in border security talking points. On Monday, Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh reviewed the Hoeven-Corker amendment to the immigration reform bill, which doubles the size of the border patrol and adds more than 700 miles of fencing, and argues, “The Hoeven-Corker amendment is a political necessity, but a policy absurdity. …Militarizing the border without improving the guest worker visa system risks a repeat of the 1986 Reagan amnesty.”

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