I agree with the recent editorial in the Des Moines Register that we do not need the National Guard to protect our border. (See link to Register editorial below.) As you reported, the number of people caught trying to cross our border has gone down by 75% since 2000. What you didn’t report is that the number of Border Patrol Agents has increased from less than 5,000 in 1995 to about 20,000 in recent years. Additionally, just a few months ago the federal government signed a $297 million contract with the consulting firm Accenture to recruit and hire 7,500 more officers and agents for the Customs and Border Patrol agency. Surely, the cost of bringing in the National Guard, both in dollars and lives disrupted, is greater than the benefits we might achieve, if any.