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Lawmakers Doubt Homeland Security Plan for Border Control

Lawmakers of both parties told the nation's homeland security chief Thursday they doubt that plans for more agents, improved sensors and other measures to tighten U.S. borders against illegal immigrants and terrorists will work.Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff agreed that his department is unlikely to completely curb the immigration flow, particularly at the Mexican border. But he said a crackdown this year appears to have deterred immigrants from trying to sneak into the country."If we're ever going to someday get to a comprehensive immigration policy, you have to succeed first at a border security plan," Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., said at a House Appropriations panel looking at immigration enforcement. "And no one that I know really has the confidence that you can do this, that we can do this."Added Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., "I don't have any confidence in what you all are bringing to us, and I don't like that."Chertoff pointed to charts showing the number of non-Mexican...

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