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The pervasive myth of an immigration crisis

Tony Payan | Dylan McNally

The pervasive myth of an immigration crisis.

After looking at the data, the immigration "crisis" does not live up to the cable news hype, according to Mexico Center director Tony Payan and research analyst Dylan McNally. While it is true that apprehensions of unaccompanied children and families spiked over the summer in south Texas, this phenomenon has subsided and does not indicate a broader immigration crisis. "In fact, the border line is today under greater operational control than ever before, and the data indicate that immigration has decreased significantly along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past decade," they write.

Read the full commentary in the Nov. 18, 2014, edition of The Hill