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Why do people cross the border illegally? It's not what you think
Why do people cross the border illegally? It's not what you think

President Obama's executive order on immigration will affect the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants — perhaps as profoundly as their illegal crossing into the U.S. did in the first place. It's been a divisive action about people some Americans regard as criminals. Yet what neither lawmakers nor law enforcers may know much about is this: What do the border-crossers think of themselves and their decisions? And how could that information shape U.S. thinking about immigration? Sociologist Emily Ryo, an assistant professor at USC's law school, has asked those questions — using interviews and a random sample survey of prospective migrants in Mexico, and...

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