Tragic Cycle of Illegal Immigration

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Since 1994, when the US began Operation Gatekeeper as a way to crack down on illegal immigration around urban areas, nearly 2000 undocumented workers have died trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. Is US policy contributing to those deaths? Is there a way to stop illegal immigration? Does the threat of terrorism mean the border should be sealed completely? We look at the conditions that push people to secretly cross the border and whether either country is doing enough to solve the problem with a reporter who's accompanied illegal immigrants, a former US Border Patrol agent and experts on both sides of the border who are leading the search for economic and political solutions. Sara Terry guest hosts.
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Defense Department's News Release

Brookings Institution

1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act

Border Solutions Task Force

Immigration and Naturalization Service/US Border Patrol

National Immigration Forum

Operation Gatekeeper

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development

World Cup

French Institute of International Relations



Warren Olney