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  • The U.S.-Mexican border is 1,951 miles long and an open border. Border terrain ranges from desert to urban. The Secure Border Initiative of 2005 committed several billion dollars over several years to a border protection system that contains two parts—a radar/sensor/camera component to track illegal migration and a system of roads, fences, and lights to aid the U.S. Border Patrol in responding to illegal entries. The system is intended to discourage illegal migration, control the trafficking in illegal drugs, and prevent entry to terrorists. The wall or barrier was built in three stages: Operation Gatekeeper in California, Operation Hold-the-Line in Texas, and Operation Safeguard in Arizona. Although discontinuous, the barriers are located at strategic locations to maximize restrictions. Most of the border is without fencing.

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