July 28, 2009

Border patrol cutbacks challenge National Guard

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The dwindling presence of National Guard troops along the U.S., Mexico border is making it more difficult to monitor crime and drug smuggling, according to television report on KOAT in New Mexico. The Guard’s budget has been cut every year for the past decade, slashing staff from 250 to less than 50. This report shows some of the issues border agents deal with, including the ever more clever tricks drug smugglers have devised to hide their goods, and what dehydration and sunburn can do to families trying to cross the border at remote locations.

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