When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave in to pressures to balance the budget in 1937, unemployment almost doubled. Currently, Democrats are pushing for more government spending to help stimulate the economy and ease unemployment. AP hide caption

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A U.S. Border Patrol officers walks beside the fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico in the town of Nogales, Ariz., in April. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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