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Looking for Push Factors in Central America

The pull factors are likely stronger, but at least CBP is trying

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the trip that CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan made last month to the so-called "Northern Triangle" countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The commissioner went to those countries in an attempt to assess the "push" factors that lead nationals of those countries to try to enter the United States illegally. The "pull" factors are likely stronger, but it is often difficult to separate one from the other.

Faux Identity Documents for Illegal Immigrants from the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The more accepted and acceptable such ersatz documents become for various purposes within the city, county, or state, the more they will be used as breeder documents to get real, official identification documents to create completely false identities for aliens, at least some of whom will be exactly the type of individuals the city claims that it wants to safeguard immigrant communities against: the criminals.

McCarthy's Fund-the-Wall Bill: Is it Real, a Chimera, or a Sell-Out in the Making?

In a Backgrounder analyzing a recently introduced House bill I noted that even as that bill was being considered, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was announcing, with great fanfare, a revitalized effort to push through "a new get-tough immigration bill that would build the rest of President Trump's border wall, punish sanctuary cities and stiffen penalties on repeat-illegal immigrants."
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