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About 8.5 million of the 11-plus million unauthorized immigrants living in the US are in the workforce, accounting for about 5 percent of all workers. Almost none of them want to be unauthorized—they either have no way to attain legal status, or the pathway to legal status is so onerous that they believe they are better off remaining unauthorized.

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People sit on a bench near a memorial cross at Casa del Migrante in Reynosa, Mexico April 1, 2013. Casa del Migrante provides housing, food, clothing and medical care to people who are planning to cross the border and to those have have been deported from the United States. Reuters

Central American migration issues require a response that secures our border, supports our partners, and addresses the root causes of instability.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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Recent reports demonstrate a growing Iranian influence in South America, including countries such as Venezuela and Bolivia, by their acting as advisors on how to form civilian militias and funding secret military sites. The news come simultaneously as the U.S. continue its nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, and some critics say the threat of Iran is being downplayed by the Obama administration.

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Irregularities in El Salvador’s recent elections call into question the wisdom of President Obama’s decision to offer the nation $277 million in aid.

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Plagued by scandal, the Kirchner administration cannot end soon enough for many Argentines.

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The scandal involving Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras poses a growing threat to President Dilma Rousseff’s government.

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The prospect of a gold rush for American businesses in Cuba has generated support for the plan to scrap the US embargo.

 

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A man walks past near an image of revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Havana December 27, 2014. Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba. Reuters

For Obama to salvage his new Cuba approach, his team will have to develop and implement an actual strategy that measures up to his rhetoric without letting down American interests and ideals.

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