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In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a major immigration law that offered amnesty to people in the country illegally who arrived prior to 1982. Barry Thumma/AP hide caption

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The GOP's Evolution On Immigration

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A family from Haiti approach a tent in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, stationed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they haul their luggage down Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., last August. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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A century ago, many new immigrants to the United States ended up returning home. And it often took a while for those who stayed to learn English and integrate into American society. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Huddled Masses And The Myth Of America

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President Trump talks during a news conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway at the White House Wednesday. In his controversial comments on immigration this week, he said: "We should have more people from Norway." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump's Slur Is An Insult To America, Too

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Julia prepares tortillas for her family's dinner before she sets up her table to sell elote and atole from her driveway. Some New York City street vendors have started selling out of their homes to reduce their visibility and risk of being detained or deported. Rachael Bongiorno for NPR hide caption

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz. Ralph Freso/Getty Images hide caption

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'Deport Them': Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients

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The Homeland Security Department says TPS status for El Salvador will end in September of 2019. Immigrants, activists and elected officials denounced the plan at a news conference in New York Monday. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On the domestic front in 2018, President Trump is expected to focus on immigration, infrastructure, welfare and health care. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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