Fixing Immigration Without Building a Bigger Wall

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A Mexican soldier patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border wall on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, Tuesday, April 1, 2008. U.S.

The New York Times "Economic Scene" columnist Eduardo Porter calls Donald Trump’s proposal to end illegal immigration “a fake solution,” since there’s currently a fence across large stretches of the U.S.’s southwestern border, along with drones, sensors and patrol agents. In his recent column, “If Immigration Can’t Be Stopped, Maybe It Can Be Managed,” he suggests that rather than building a bigger wall, we should “create a legal path for low-skill Mexicans seeking work in the United States.”