Democrats are in denial on immigration

Liberals can't just call Trump's immigration policy racist. They need a plan of their own.

It's time for a plan.
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There are plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump's proposed crackdown on immigrants and refugees.

For one thing, there's little evidence that migrants from the Middle Eastern countries the administration would like to ban pose an elevated risk to the United States. For another, "illegal immigration to the U.S. ended a decade ago," according to economist Noah Smith (relying on data from the Pew Research Center), and it "has been zero or negative since its peak in 2007." Then there's the fact that rounding up and deporting the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who continue to live in the country would require police-state tactics that may well be more pernicious than allowing those people to stay.

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