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A growing number of skeptics say President Obama’s deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border is a costly, inefficient mission that has done little for homeland security.
Pfc. Philip Moore, 28, rests during a "down time" shift overlooking the border fence with Mexico in Nogalez, Ariz., in June. He is one of 1,200 National Guard troops who were deployed last year to assist with border security on the U.S.-Mexico border. Soldiers at observation posts in Nogales work 24-hour shifts, taking turns resting for four hours at night.John Moore/Getty Images
President Obama’s decision last year to send 1,200 National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border may have been smart politics, but a growing number of skeptics say the deployment is an expensive and inefficient mission.