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Border Patrol agents line up in formation on motor bikes in the Tucson sector. A Senate committee gave preliminary approval to a measure that would lift a lie detector requirement of some Border Patrol applicants, as the agency works to hire thousands of officers. (Photo by Josh Denmark/Customs and Border Protection)

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Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.