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Analysis: $5 Billion Could Buy a Lot of Border Security

January 11, 2019 / Krishnadev Calamur

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to reduce illegal immigration from Central America, and since taking office he has paired that vow with professed concerns about not just the flow of asylum seekers into the United States, but the smuggling of drugs and the potential entry of terrorists, too. That, in his telling, is why he wants $5 billion from Congress for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. But what if there were other better ways of achieving the president’s goals than spending $5 billion on a wall? Here are a few possibilities.