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Arizona-Mexico border virtual fence project advances

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 26, 2008


The U.S. Mexican border, U.S. is on the left side of the photo

Photos: Customs and Border Patrol (Gerald L. Nino, James Tourtellotte) 

Plans for a 28-mile long virtual fence along the Arizona-Mexico border are moving forward and it looks like Congress may give final approval for the project, according to statements issued by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently.

Boeing Co. is in charge of an initial $20 million contract to establish a high-tech virtual fence along the Mexican border in Arizona. Although it is a public contract, according to a representative of Boeing Co. the company is under contractual obligation to refer all questions on the project to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol did not respond to repeated requests for project updates.

Customs and Border Patrol staff rely on high tech equipment atop this pole to spot illegal immigrants attempting to cross into the U.S.

The Arizona portion of the high tech fence is the first part of a multibillion-dollar government plan designed to reduce illegal immigration on foot and vehicles along the Canadian and Mexican borders. The project includes 98-foot unmanned towers with cameras and sensors capable of distinguishing people from cattle from up to 10 miles.


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Chicago based Boeing is a leading aerospace company and one of the largest manufacturers of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, is in charge of securing the United States borders and defending the country’s borders against terrorists and their weapons with detection technology, advanced information systems, risk-management, and collaborative ventures with the trade and foreign governments. 

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