#NPRSource This Week: Journalist Mark Trahant


Mark Trahant, Columnist and Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage

“Well, let me start by pulling the lens out. I think America is at its best when we’re an open society. And we want people to come here, we want the flow of ideas. And I think fences are a metaphor that get in the way of that. From the practical aspect, when as much anywhere from a third to a half of the illegal immigration is from visa overstays, I just don’t see that being a particularly effective way to control that.”

– Mark Trahant speaking about US border fences and immigration to NPR’s Talk of the Nation

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