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The home front

Iraq and Afghanistan are not the only places where Americans are being shot at while trying to keep us safe. It’s also happening in Arizona. The Washington Times reports that 64 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted in the past three months along a 260-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border, “as the U.S. government continues its fight for ‘operational control’ of the region.” Increasingly the attackers, generally smugglers, are using automatic weapons. T.J. Bonner, head of the union that represents non-supervisory border patrols agents, blamed the increased violence in part on enforcement policies that restrict the ability of agents to actively pursue those involved. He also blamed federal judges for not coming down hard enough on offenders.

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