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Trump’s wall plans ignore the economic drivers behind undocumented immigrant labor

Prototypes of the border wall promised by President Donald Trump stand in San Diego.  A U.S. official says recent testing Mexico found the prototypes are tall enough to stop border crossers. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat, File)

Both on the campaign trail and in the White House, Donald Trump has never ceased calling for the construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States. A Pew Research survey shows his supporters are united more by their anti-immigrant sentiment than perhaps anything else. To Trump, like many of his supporters, the wave of “criminals” invading the U.S. is not only a threat to our country but is also supported and abetted by the Mexican government.

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