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ON THE SIDE: Is there anyone?

The United States government this week announced the border patrol had 1.7 million official encounters of people who crossed our southern border during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The totals were 200,000 and 190,000, respectively, for August and September. That does not count the people who crossed the border without being encountered, a number which carries a wide range of estimates. But at the current pace, the equivalent of the population of Iowa will have crossed the border into the U.S. by the end of next June if not sooner.
 
Read On the Side in the Oct. 28 Advance.

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