Our Nation of Immigrants: On the border

March 29, 2020; El Paso, Texas, USA; View of the Rio Grande between El Paso, left, and Juarez, right, during the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY NETWORK

This is the second episode of a special five-part series on the Brookings Cafeteria podcast—Our Nation of Immigrants—in which John Hudak, a senior fellow in Governance Studies, explores the facts and tackles the myths that underpin the current immigration policy debate. In this episode, Hudak explores the connections—social and economic—that span communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and gets a better understanding of issues from and rhetoric about border towns, such as crime and jobs. Guests include:

  • Michael Chertoff, former secretary, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Mayor Donald “Dee” Margo, El Paso, Texas
  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego, California 

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