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Tohono O'odham Nation dealing with border 'crisis'

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is using half of its federal funds for border security instead of housing, roads, education and other tribal needs, Fox News reports.

The reservation's 75-mile border with Mexico is an open invitation for illegal crossing and drug trafficking. The tribe's police department detained 16,000 crossers people last month alone, but just as many are believed to have gotten through. So far this year, the tribe has seized nearly 20,000 pounds of marijuana plus other drugs.

Chairwoman Vivian Juan-Saunders says the situation is tolerated only because it occurs on a reservation. "If this occurred anywhere else in the U.S., it would be viewed as a crisis in America," Saunders told Fox News.

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