The cost-free way to end the border rush

Start giving all migrants temporary work visas — with a caveat

Migrants.
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President Trump has cried wolf so many times on the "crisis" at the border that one could be forgiven for dismissing his latest warnings. But even if the situation at the border is not a full-fledged crisis, as his administration claims, there's no denying that a new rush of Central American asylum seekers has created a serious problem there.

However, Trump's proposed remedies — shutting down the border and/or forcing Mexico to warehouse the desperate families — will cost America dearly, both in dollars and in a national sense of humanity.

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