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Homeland Security: Complex Past, Uncertain Future by Rob Margetta

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The Border Explosion

If there’s a single area in the Department of Homeland Security’s purview where the political momentum for action matches (or even outmatches) the scale of the problem, it’s the buildup of resources at the Southwest border. The country has spent the past decade-plus devoting massive amounts of money and manpower to the border and continues to do so. It’s one of the few areas of government where the political forces driving both Democrats and Republicans call for even greater spending.

The Southwest border continues to be a magnet for funding and resources partly because it faces not one challenge, but a series of them. “The nature of illegal immigration into this country has changed greatly over the past decade,” said ...

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