Some figures to keep in mind during President Bush’s speech tonight:
3 – The number of days it takes to train and deploy auxillary personnel that could back up the Border Patrol, according to Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus report on a Minuteman Project experiment in Arizona.
36,000 – The number of auxillary personnel it would take, according to the same report, to seal the southern border.
2 – The number of years it takes to fully train a Border Patrol agent.
Bottom line: Putting a few thousand national guardsmen at the border as a stop-gap measure while Border Patrol agents are added is not the most efficient way to go about beefing up border security.
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