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Border Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls by Jennifer Scholtes, Rob Margetta

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An Impossible Goal?

The Border Patrol had 21,400 agents as of fiscal 2013, twice as many as in 2004. During immigration policy debates in recent years, some officials — mainly Republicans — have suggested that the agency needs another period of dramatic growth, possibly doubling again in size. Other border hawks have relied on an even broader talking point: that the Southwest border must be totally secure.

For contractors, trying to gauge the growing border security market requires sifting the political rhetoric from realistic funding projection. The definition of a “secure border” has been batted around Washington for years, with the general consensus among border security officials being that it would involve a level of situational awareness ...

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