The debate over how to control America’s borders has been long on rancor and short on basic facts. Congress would do well to slow down and listen to what experts who have studied the problem have to say.

Both the Senate and the House are clamoring to hire several thousand new border agents and build hundreds of miles of fences. They seem to have joined in a quasi-“arms race” to see who can throw more money at border control.The escalating spending numbers have become a bumper sticker for bragging rights over which chamber is more serious. The only thing Congress hasn’t been serious about is considering how their proposals actually will affect immigration

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