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Democrats embrace ports of entry crackdown amid Trump border standoff

Congressional Democratic leaders have embraced the goal of increased border security in their fight with President Trump, proposing measures to harden the U.S. ports of entry — but omitting the barrier they supported five years ago.

Those designated border crossings account for roughly 2.5 percent of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

The proposal also represents a small fraction of the security measures, including hundreds of miles of border fence, that garnered broad Democratic support a little more than five years ago before Mr. Trump entered the picture.

Democrats now are limiting the security measures they back to sending more customs officials and deploying new technology at the 48 ports of entry or border crossings where cars and trucks line up to seek legal entry into the U.S.

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