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Trump Says the U.S. Is ‘Full.’ Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem

/   Neil Irwin and Emily Badger, New York Times

President Trump has adopted a blunt new message in recent days for migrants seeking refuge in the United States: “Our country is full.” To the degree the president is addressing something broader than the recent strains on the asylum-seeking process, the line suggests the nation can’t accommodate higher immigration levels because it is already bursting at the…

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America isn’t full

/   Ezra Klein, Vox

“Our Country,” President Donald Trump says, “is FULL!” America is the 146th most densely populated country on earth, sandwiched between Venezuela and Kyrgyzstan. Still, immigration is about more than land. People who say America is full are arguing that the costs immigrants impose outweigh the benefits. Those costs can be cultural, economic, or even political. I’m the…

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Immigration May Be Our Salvation: 41% of U.S. Counties Experience Japan-Level Population Decline

/   Clare Martin, Paste Magazine

A new report released by the Economic Innovation Group has revealed an increasingly grim present and future for the United States, especially those corners of the oft-romanticized heartland, in terms of population growth.

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Small towns are dying everywhere but here

/   David J. Lynch, The Washington Post

As small towns elsewhere saw prosperity pass them by in favor of the big cities, something unusual happened to this rural hamlet tucked in the Bitterroot Valley: It flourished.

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Real Time Economics: What Else We’re Reading

/   Staff, Wall Street Journal

Population loss isn’t just a symptom of local economic challenges. It’s a cause.

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