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HASSAN: Trump's wall is not the answer

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After two years of U.S. President Donald Trump firing lackeys and firing off tweets, there is an unstated agreement that this Mexican wall is the substantive issue, the one that matters enough to shut down government.

It was a project he held dear, so we can’t claim to be surprised it has come to this, though few would have predicted such a standoff between Congress and Oval Office, meaning that libraries are closed and national park toilets aren’t cleaned until the president is granted his US$5.7-billion wall.

National security matters, and securing borders is naturally an important part of that. It is no use getting misty-eyed over the history of the United States as a nation that welcomed “huddled masses.” The world has changed, and any nation must be free to set its own immigration targets.

However, symbols do matter. Having........

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