Getting Tough at the Border

The administration is turning to the military to try to deter illegal immigration. Will it help?

President Bush's plan to bolster security on the U.S.-Mexican border has the aura of a renewed White House about it. The possible use of military resources--including deployment of National Guard troops and aerial drones to patrol the frontier--emerged as Bush aides brainstormed about how to spend border-security funds recently approved by the Senate. Some Governors questioned adding another burden to forces already strained by deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, but the idea delighted conservatives, who see it as the kind of strong move needed to secure the porous border.

Tightening border security may score political points, but will it slow illegal...

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