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08/03/2017: When an immigration raid sets off economic crisis

President Trump has thrown his weight behind a bill that would fundamentally change American immigration policy. It would make immigration skills-based and cut in half the number of people legally allowed to come here. Put another way, it's a bill that would make the labor force smaller in an economy already pretty near full employment. We'll talk about it, then look at wages: The tight labor market is making it harder to hire without (finally) raising pay significantly. Plus: In Postville, Iowa, hundreds of workers were arrested in an immigration raid and virtually disappeared overnight. The small town's economy still hasn't recovered.

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