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Checks and Balance from The Economist

Checks and Balance: Border of magnitude

Illegal crossings have spiked during Joe Biden’s presidency and the southern border has become the scene of a humanitarian and political crisis. Congress is wrangling over a border security bill, but what are the policy options for fixing the southern border?


John Prideaux hosts with Aryn Braun and Idrees Kahloon. They’re joined by The Economist’s Rebecca Jackson and Tom Nuttall. Julia Gelatt, of the Migration Policy Institute, also contributes.

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