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Assessing the Need for National Guard Troops at the US-Mexico Border

While U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the National Guard to enhance security at the U.S.-Mexico border, the numbers do not show the border becoming more "dangerous" as he tweeted Sunday. Assessing the threat at the frontier is generally done through the number of border apprehensions of undocumented immigrants by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. At the southwest border, CBP numbers show that in 2017 about 303,916 people were detained.  "So, we...

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