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Obama: Harvest immigrants' talents
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In fiscal year 2011, there were 18,506 U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Southwest Border Sectors

Study: Apprehensions of unauthorized immigrants are at their lowest level since 1971

The figures can be tough to interpret

During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touted his administration’s efforts on reducing illegal immigration.

The claim:

“Real reform means stronger border security, and we can build on the progress my administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.”

That’s a big claim, so CNN decided to take a closer look.