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Our immigration policy has created the border crisis -- but not in the way you might think. 
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Ted Cruz is the last person who should be opposed to admitting kids who may qualify for U.S. asylum. After all, his father got it.
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Why are all those kids coming over the border and what should we do about them? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-chapman-0706-20140706,0,7751540.column
A foreigner crossed the Rio Grande near Hidalgo, Texas, the other day. He had spent three weeks traveling from Honduras, and he was carrying only one thing with him: a birth certificate. He was hoping to find relatives in San Antonio or Maryland. His name is Alejandro, and he's 8 years old.
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The government normally doesn't care whether you or I accumulate large bills for home improvement, a new car or exotic vacations. But Barack Obama feels no hesitation in concluding that the cost of higher education has placed "too big a debt load on too many young people." Therefore, something must be done.
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Why the Redskins should lose the name -- but not the trademark protection. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-should-redskins-lose-trademark-20140618,0,5800488.column
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Rousing the public to do something about the growing federal debt is not easy. The dangers it poses are distant and vague. The immediate effects are not apparent. Any measure to cut deficits looks trivial next to the scale of the problem. Doing nothing is the easiest option.
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If the government wants to deny your rights, it should have to tell you why and let you rebut. 
It's a classic Orwellian nightmare: The government decides to deny you a right it extends to other people, but it won't tell you why and it won't tell you what you can do about it. You're stuck in purgatory, effectively convicted without being tried — or even being told the charge against you.
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Republicans say Obama's decision to stop deporting Dreamers caused the border crisis. The numbers say otherwise. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-did-obama-cause-the-border-crisis-20140707,0,1878456.column
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Obama was on the wrong side of the Supreme Court's cellphone decision -- and a lot of other privacy issues. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-obama-privacy-chapman-oped-0629-jm-20140629,0,4290649.column
A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.
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President Obama 's decision to send up to 300 advisers to help the Iraqi army reverse its recent setbacks is not as big a deal as it sounds. Opponents of the war, of which I'm one, shouldn't take it as the first step back into the quagmire.
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When the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003, Americans were told it would be a quick, simple project. When asked how long the war might last, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said airily, "Six days, six weeks, I doubt six months."
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I went in search of legal marijuana in Colorado -- and my experience went better than Maureen Dowd's. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-in-colorado-marijuana-and-me-chapman-0612-20140608,0,285862.column
— It's 8:30 in the morning, I've just left a recreational marijuana dispensary, and I'm desperate for my regular fix. Luckily, the waiter is quick to deliver it: Coffee. Black. No sugar.
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Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public RadioÂ’s Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation and On Point.

Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman, who is married, has two sons, a daughter, and three stepsons. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

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I can sing "Happy Birthday" in the voice of Kermit the Frog.
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  • Harvard College
    History, 1972 - 1976