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Trump’s border wall won’t help migrant children. All his immigration policies do is harm them
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Trump’s border wall won’t help migrant children. All his immigration policies do is harm them

Author Cristina Novoa argues that the billions of dollars that would be spent on a border wall should instead be invested in communities or used to ensure care for asylum-seekers.

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  • Cristina Novoa

The president lamented a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” in a misleading speech delivered from the Oval Office on Tuesday. But as divisive as his speech was, one point of widespread agreement was his characterization of women and children as the biggest victims in this “crisis of the soul,” even if he never acknowledged that he had anything to do with that crisis.

As the daughter of immigrants and a trained developmental psychologist, my reaction was simply to wonder where that compassion for women and children was last year when his administration was separating families, or last month when two children died in Border Patrol custody.

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Cristina Novoa

Senior Policy Analyst