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A US border patrol agent speaks with Central American migrants at the US-Mexico border fence at El Paso Picture: Getty

Failed attempts to deal with migration across the southern border of the US have led to a partisan conflict between draconian and humanitarian solutions, and endless misery for immigrants and refugees

For decades, successive administrations have tried – and failed – to deal with the flow of migrants over the southern border of the United States. At its 2001 peak, 1.6 million migrants who illegally entered the US were apprehended by border enforcement agents. Long before president Donald Trump arrived in the White House with his scorched earth immigration policies, the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations had failed to deliver comprehensive immigration reform, largely because Congressional leaders lacked the will to overhaul the system.

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