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Border Patrol shifts strategy as illegal immigration slows‎

Published: May 9, 2012 9:00 am By: Reuters

"The U.S. Border Patrol, unveiling its first new strategy in eight years on Tuesday, said it aims to become more nimble as illegal immigration plummets.

The new plan calls for increased intelligence gathering, greater cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and quicker deployment to combat the biggest risks, said Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher. The change means a shift away from the strategy of deploying a growing army of agents at trouble spots.

The number of agents has more than doubled to 21,000 since the last plan in 2004, along with a heavy investment in boats, aircraft, cameras and other equipment."

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