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Despite new technology, Border Patrol overwhelmed

Across an expanse of desert where nothing marks the Mexican border but a flimsy line of barbed wire, Border Patrol agent Mitch King flies his helicopter low to search for signs of illegal entry into the USA. He spots footprints and tire tracks and hovers to get a better look. If the sandy impressions are fresh, he’ll radio agents on the ground. But King’s experienced eyes tell him these prints are at least a day or two old. Now, they serve only as evidence that more people have crossed the border illegally without getting caught. More than three years after the terrorist attacks in 2001, the 11,000 men and women who serve as the border’s front-line defense are overwhelmed. Despite an influx of new technology, such as underground sensors and cameras that pan the desert, agents catch only about one-third of the estimated 3 million people who cross the border illegally every year. Full Story

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