Unauthorized border crossings are the most prosecuted federal crime in the U.S. and an unlikely focus of the Democratic presidential primary. Why have such crimes come into the spotlight? And what effect would decriminalizing illegal entry into the U.S. really have?
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U.S. border enforcement efforts begin much farther south than the Rio Grande.
Such an accord does not target the root drivers of migration so cannot eliminate the flow of refugees and asylum seekers.
Despite what the president says, there’s not a flood of people racing across the border, and the majority of migrants aren’t dangerous criminals.