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Real Fencing Works
Yuma is Proof`
Cronkite News Service -- January 31  
Failed virtual border fence has politicians pointing to Yuma success
    San Luis, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents Robert Loury and Mike Espinoza examine a footprint in the sandy road that parallels the U.S.-Mexico border fence south of Yuma.
    The 20-foot steel fence casts a large shadow over the road where a Border Patrol vehicle is dragging tires to smooth over the disturbances in the sand. The tactic, called cutting, makes it easier for agents to tell whether someone has thwarted the fence and entered the U.S. illegally.
    "Despite all of the technology we have in the area, it doesn't replace the agents ability to 'cut' and track a footprint," Loury said.
    As national concern mounts over Arizona's porous border, the Yuma Sector, its fence and its techniques have received considerable attention from politicians who point to the Border Patrol's success in securing the region.
    The Border Patrol catches virtually every person who attempts to cross border in this sector, Loury said. Once a person is captured trying to cross illegally, he or she is prosecuted through the federal court system in Yuma and eventually deported.
    The Yuma Sector has managed to significantly reduce crime and illegal border crossings since it increased the number of agents on the border, improved the infrastructure guarding the border and implemented a criminal prosecution initiative known as Operation Streamline, Loury said.
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    Operation Streamline works because the fence cut apprehensions to a point where it was feasible.

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