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The Border Wall Is a Negotiating Tactic Straight Out of 'The Art of the Deal'

January 26, 2017 On Jan. 25, representatives of Mexico’s government arrived in Washington to meet with White House officials. The purpose: preliminary discussions ahead of talks between Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and new US president Donald Trump, who are scheduled to meet on Jan. 31 to discuss NAFTA, immigration, and border security....

Trump’s Homeland Security Pick Does Not Think a Wall is Enough to Protect the Southern Border

January 11, 2017 Donald Trump’s nominee to head the US Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, is not as high on a border wall as his prospective boss. “A physical barrier in and on of itself will not do the job,” Kelly said during a senate hearing Nov. 10 as part of his...

American Cities Are Becoming More Diverse—And More Segregated

December 16, 2016 US cities are rapidly becoming more diverse, but that doesn’t mean they are more integrated. In fact, in many large metro areas, some minority groups are now more segregated from white populations than before, according to an analysis of new US Census data by the Brookings Institution. Minorities are driving...

Another Species Threatened by Climate Change: Your Morning Cup of Coffee

September 8, 2016 You’ll probably still be sipping coffee 30 years from now, but if the world keeps warming at the current pace, expect it to be a lot more expensive and not nearly as good. If left unchecked, climate change could cut in half the amount of land suitable for growing coffee...

The People Trump's Border Wall is Supposed to Protect the Most Say They Don't Want It

July 26, 2016 Donald Trump repeated his promise to Americans at the Republican national convention last week that he’ll erect a giant wall between the US and Mexico if elected president. The barrier, a centerpiece of the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign, is meant to block the many ills he says are freely flowing...

U.S. Immigration Policy Has Lost Touch With U.S. Immigration Reality

July 5, 2016 The US has long viewed immigrants who enter the country illegally as belonging to two groups. There are Mexicans, and there is everyone else. The focus on Mexicans, who are the majority, and who traditionally migrate for economic reasons, has resulted in policies aimed at blocking off the border and...

Mexico Approves El Chapo’s Extradition to the United States

May 23, 2016 Five months after capturing Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Mexican authorities have agreed to hand the infamous drug-cartel leader over to the US. The Mexican government on Friday granted extradition requests for Guzmán to be processed by federal courts in the Western District of Texas and the Southern District of California....

As the Justice Department Decides Where to Try El Chapo, Signs Point to Brooklyn

February 24, 2016 It’s increasingly looking like Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will be tried in Brooklyn. The Mexican drug cartel leader faces charges in seven US prosecutorial districts, and the US Department of Justice has been mulling over which office should handle the case, or whether the cases should be combined. According to...

Donald Trump Has a Cost Estimate For His Border Wall to Send to Mexico

February 11, 2016 Donald Trump, who came up with a big win this week in the New Hampshire Republican primary, has been getting more specific about his plans to build a border wall between the US and Mexico. The real estate mogul envisions hundreds of miles of precast concrete rising between 35 feet...

The Innovative Suitcase Lab That Could Fight the Zika Virus

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The World Health Organization has declared Zika a global health emergency, because it believes the risks are high enough for a global response. And yet, we understand little about the virus and its effects on people. Zika’s links to neurological conditions, such as microcephaly—abnormal brain development in newborns—remain unproven. A...