I like the fence design... but can't we add a moat, landmines, and machinegun nests... just for s**ts and giggles?
posted on 02/21/2005 12:53:15 AM PST
(I love the smell of cordite in the morning)
...but can't we add a moat, landmines, and machinegun nests...
Now, now, we don't want overkill (though landmines in the middle of the two fence intrigues me). Eyes in the Darkness: Patrolling the Border Feb 8, 2005With just the naked eye, we're able to watch the migration begin. We saw more than a dozen people hiding in the brush, we assume preparing to come into the U.S. illegally. The border here is a simple barbed wire fence, with plenty of cover of both sides. A lot of the people crossing over will wait in the thick growth until dark, then cross over quickly, hoping not to be spotted.
But as sun sets, the United States Border Patrol prepares to set a new, high tech arsenal into motion. At the command center in Nogales, agents monitor readouts from hundreds of motion sensors buried in the ground, and survey miles of terrain with sophisticated cameras that peer down on the border from towers several stories high.
Snip...The night we were there, about 40 illegal immigrants were taken into custody.
Taking Back the Border TechBeat Fall 1997
The old chain-link fence hung in tatters across this 5-mile strip that runs inland from the Pacific Ocean and separates the United States from Mexico.
Snip...To that end, the government increased the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) budget to $3.1 billion this year, part of which paid for more helicopters, planes, bicycles, boats, horses, and all-terrain vehicles, as well as infrared and motion sensors, cameras, floodlights, and night vision equipment. The agency also expects to add 1,000 more agents per year for the next 5 years, for an eventual total of 10,000 agents.
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