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Study: When it comes to immigration, the more things change, the more they stay the same

A report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy reinforces long-established gridlock and frustration surrounding immigration policy.



U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback try to stop Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near in Del Rio, Texas in 2021.


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Katia Adimora is the founder of the Research Group in Spanish and Latin American Studies (ESAL) at Edge Hill University. She's also a past visiting scholar at the Center for the U.S. and Mexico at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. And it's through and for the Baker Institute that she recently wrote a brief on migration at the U.S.-Mexico border based on interviews she conducted last fall with six local immigration experts: Tony Payan, Luz María Garcini, Daniel Tichenor, José Iván Rodríguez-Sánchez, Elizabeth Mendoza, and Alicia Kerber Palma.

The end result is a sort of status update on a frustrating and seemingly perpetually gridlocked issue – immigration in America.

In the audio above, Adimora describes what she learned.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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