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Why Walls and Sensors Aren't the Answer to the U.S.-Mexico Border Dilemma

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jan 15, 2019 | 12:00 GMT
U.S. Border Patrol agents ride ATVs alongside an unfinished portion of a border wall between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Santa Teresa in the United States on April 17, 2018.

U.S. Border Patrol agents ride ATVs alongside an unfinished portion of a border wall between Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Santa Teresa in the United States on April 17, 2018. Walls and sensors can only do so much to prevent illegal crossings over America's southern border.

(HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on, one bone of contention is hogging all of the headlines: The U.S. border with Mexico. Discussions of the threat posed by an unsecured frontier and of the efficacy of border walls and other security measures have sparked fierce debate over...

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