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Congressional Research Service
February 21, 2013

Border Security: Understanding Threats at U.S. Borders
By Marc R. Rosenblum, Jerome P. Bjelopera, and Kristin M. Finklea

Beginning in the 1970s, the United States engaged in sustained and intertwined efforts to combat illegal migration and drug flows at the Southwest border. Border patrol staffing (focused primarily on immigration control) climbed eleven-fold between 1975 and 2011,and spending by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, focused primarily on counter-narcotics) increased about five-fold during the same period.....[citing TRAC research].

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