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Luanne Zurlo, assistant professor, finance, commented on the social ramifications of immigration policy in the National Catholic Register. See below.

Trump Executive Orders Tackle Immigrants and Refugees

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Feb. 10, 2017
Author: Peter Jesserer Smith


... Luanne Zurlo, an assistant professor of finance at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business and Economics, told the Register that tighter border control needs to happen in tandem with reforming immigration policy. Zurlo has seen firsthand how illegal immigration has distorted the social organization of sending countries, having visited communities in Mexico largely devoid of their men, who send back remittances to towns filled largely with elderly, women and children. In El Salvador, remittances are the biggest driver of an economy that has few options. But Zurlo explained this arrangement has “debilitating” social effects.


“Young people are growing up without fathers,” she said. The more men feel stranded on one side of the border, unable to visit home, the more likely they will just settle in the U.S. and start new families, even as they support the ones at home, she explained. ...

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