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America's Leading Immigrant Cities

Trump has it backwards—large immigrant populations boost rather than hurt U.S. metros.
Donald Trump speaks on immigration at a rally in Dallas.
Donald Trump speaks on immigration at a rally in Dallas.Mike Stone / REUTERS

Anti-immigrant sentiment and phrases like “we have to build a wall” have at this point become synonymous with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Indeed, the idea of building a massive wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico was just about the only policy idea he mentioned at his Dallas rally last week.

It’s true that immigrants are highly concentrated along the border, including many smaller, hard-hit communities and metros, as the map below shows.