Border Security

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I think legitimate efforts to boost border security are getting hurt by out-of-control immigration practices elsewhere. ICE and DHS are getting a really bad rep, targeting longtime residents for political purposes, splitting apart innocent families to fill quotas, and not allowing people to apply for amnesty when they reach the borders. Maybe first work to eliminate counterproductive, spiteful, and sometimes unlawful actions--and then the public will trust that immigration officials are being reasonable, then we can all move forward together. I'd also like to see the U.S. do more to address the roots of migration, in terms of supporting other countries whose conditions drive people to leave. It worked with Mexico--immigration to the U.S. went way down (didn't it even reverse, with more Mexicans returning to Mexico than moving here from Mexico?).

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