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What does a 'secure' border look like?

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Associated Press/Jan. 18, 2009 A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits parked in front of a crowd of people peering through the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park in San Diego.

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Associated Press/July 6, 2009 A border patrol agent peers through a section of fence in San Diego that is part of the "Smuggler's Gulch" area.

Associated Press/Oct. 14 1991 A group of illegal Mexican immigrants jump from a border fence to enter the United States, near Tijuana, Mexico.

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The 1,954-mile border with Mexico is more difficult to breach than ever. San Diego is but one example. Two decades ago, fewer than 4,000 Border Patrol agents manned the entire Southwest border. Today there are 18,500. Some 651 miles of fence have been built, most of that since 2005.
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    • Associated Press/Jan. 18, 2009   A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits parked in front of a crowd of people peering through the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park in San Diego.
    • Associated Press/July 6, 2009  A border patrol agent peers through a section of fence in San Diego that is part of the “Smuggler’s Gulch” area.
    • Associated Press/Oct. 14 1991   A group of illegal Mexican immigrants jump from a border fence to enter the United States, near Tijuana, Mexico.
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