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The Political Calculus: National Guard On The Texas Border

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The United States Congress is wrestling with competing visions on border security, including the possibility of a federal deployment of the National Guard to the border.

But in Texas, where political angst over border security is a water cooler issue, the National Guard is deploying on the Texas-Mexico border for the third time since 2006.


The U.S.-Mexico border, where Presidio, TX meets Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. (Lorne Matalon)

President George W. Bush sent the National Guard to four border states that year. Four years later, President Barack Obama extended that deployment.

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