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Why are members of the migrant caravan making a big deal out of it?

Refugees and illegal migrants moving through central America and Mexico are exploited and abused by criminal gangs. Some members of the caravan thought that going together would provide some degree of ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

This practice has been going on for decades - if a child's parents are criminally prosecuted and held in federal prison awaiting trial, then family separation must occur as a consequence as children ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

What I still don't understand is this: for hard-Brexiteers, taking back control of the UK borders to limit immigration is a major outcome of Brexit. The UK's immigration controls are already ...
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Which Democratic Presidential candidates favored making illegal entry only a civil violation?

Here are the Democratic Presidential Candidates that definitely support repealing section 1325: Bernie Sanders: His website says “As president, Bernie will [r]epeal 8 U.S. Code Section 1325, putting ...
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Why are national guards in states nowhere near the US Mexico border getting involved in border security with Mexico?

Because it is good politics for them. When you have states with a large number of people who are opposed to immigration it makes the politicians who send the troops look better. Because the governor/...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

Skeptical answer One could give a skeptic's answer for any form of this question in the context of a political campaign: presumably the candidates feel this answer will be more likely to get them ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

This is why. Last time there were border posts, the IRA blew them up. Today (10 April 2019) is the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
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Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration?

I would say there are some limited examples, but overall Democrats don't support illegal immigration qua illegal immigration, while sometimes supporting illegal immigrants (the difference is crucial). ...
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Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration?

The problem here is that everyone has their own definition of "defending illegal immigration". For example, you can chose to argue (as some have) that any action taken to make the life of someone who ...
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Why are national guards in states nowhere near the US Mexico border getting involved in border security with Mexico?

Joe W gets part of it, but to address the aspect about U.S. Federalism: National Guard members have the ability to accept voluntary assignments to various postings if the governor allows it. For the ...
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To what degree were families separated in the US - Mexico border before Trump?

Previous administrations, and the Trump administration until a few months ago, had a policy where only some people caught crossing the border illegally would be subjected to criminal prosecution (like ...
22 votes

Why did the Trump administration separate families rather than deporting them together?

The issue is not about deporting them together, the issue is about what you do before you deport them (or not deport them). Especially if a family is requesting asylum, it can take a while to ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

This is more of an addition to phoog's answer, but I think it's an important enough point to emphasize separately, as it seems a common source of confusion. Phoog said: The question of immigration ...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

From the transcript of the second night of the debate, we can see that both Biden and Buttigieg addressed this question. I'm not aware of any public statements from other candidates on this issue, but ...
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Why is the drive for undocumented migration so strong between France and the United Kingdom?

I have been wondering about that for quite some time and I do not have any comprehensive answer but that fact is that migration routes are much more complicated than “poor people going to rich ...
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Why is the drive for undocumented migration so strong between France and the United Kingdom?

In August 2018, Refugee Rights Europe published a report entitled The Long Wait which surveyed 870 individuals living in the informal refugee camp in Calais, roughly 15% of the camp's population. Of ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

in the hypothesis of a hard Brexit, isn't a soft Irish border a potential backdoor for illegal immigration to the UK? Yes. And if anything, this might prompt the UK to set up some hard borders on its ...
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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?

First off, the word "free" that was originally in the question is a complete misnomer at best (at worst it would be putting words in their mouths). Nothing is free. Most universal coverage schemes are ...
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Why can't we just turn back migrants at the US border?

As of the last edit, the subject and the body of the question do not quite match. You wrote in the comments that "stop detaining" does not mean "let through". The modern asylum rules were developed ...
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Migrant from Africa to Europe by sea from North Africa

What is happening The first step to find a solution is to understand what is happening. And here we have the first problem. I haven't seen any precise data on how many of the migrants are economical ...
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(Why) does OLAF have authority to investigate whether FRONTEX engaged in illegal pushbacks?

OLAF's mission includes investigation of corruption, including suspicions of serious misconduct by EU staff and members of the EU institutions. More precisely, article 2(1) of its establishing ...
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Why did European Commission warn against building a Hungarian-Serbian border fence?

You can find a clue in a quote in the article you linked to: “Any measure taken by EU member states to manage their borders and to deal with migratory flows has to be fully in line with EU laws and ...
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Why is Hungary blocking refugees leaving?

Beyond all the confusion and legal issues, one explanation might simply be that there is no border between Hungary and Germany. Whether by train or by road, refugees en route to Germany have to go ...
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What part of Sanctuary City deportation is unconstitutional?

This follows the principle of federalism which is rooted in the 10th amendment. To quote: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are ...
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When did the US first start classifying people as Illegal Immigrants?

Up until 1880s, most immigration was handled on state level, not federal. So there really was no law to violate to become "illegal". Immigraton Commission under Treasury was only formed as a ...
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Why don't hard Brexiteers insist on a hard border to prevent illegal immigration after Brexit?

The hard Brexiteers don't really care about immigration. Immigration was just a tool they used to get what they really want: economic freedom to exploit the UK. Things like employment rights and ...
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