Terrorism and homeland security have been back in the news the past few weeks, and once again the focus has been on intelligence failures and airport security. But the easiest way for terrorists to get into the United States may well be across the nation’s porous 2,000 mile border with Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday canceled the controversial virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico, citing technical problems, cost overruns and schedule delays since its inception in 2005. The Department of Homeland Security on Friday canceled a project to build a technology-based virtual fence across the Southwest border, saying that the effort on which 1 billion has already been spent was ineffective and too costly.
Along with immigration reform, the barrier along our nation’s southwest border with Mexico is one of the most controversial aspects of the ongoing border security debate. While some groups call for the complete removal of the border fence, others are loudly calling for an additional 1,300 miles of barrier to be built in order to seal the border from end to end. After 1 billion spent, the US has 53 miles of ‘virtual fence’ in Arizona. The high-tech project is too costly to extend along the whole US-Mexico border, the Homeland Security chief said Friday. The Department of Homeland Security, positioning itself to cut its losses on a so-called invisible fence along the U.S.- Mexico border, has decided not to exercise a one-year option for Boeing to.
This is the second in a two-part series with the Fronteras Desk, a public radio collaboration. Part One looked at other technologies that border contractors would like to sell to the Department of Homeland Security, if immigration reform passes and contains new money for security. The Department of Homeland Security said the project spent 1 billion to cover just 53 miles in Arizona. DHS Installs Seven Camera Towers on Border in Fourth Virtual Fence Attempt. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is installing seven towers equipped with sophisticated cameras in southern Arizona as part of its Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) program.
Dhs: ‘virtual Fence’ At Us-mexico Border Is Working
While GOP presidential contenders broach novel ideas for U.S. border control, the Department of Homeland Security over the past couple of weeks has quietly resurrected an overhauled, 10-year-old virtual fence concept. ABC News’ Jason Ryan reports: The Department of Homeland Security today officially scrapped a Bush-era program designed to use radar technology to detect illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DHS official and a congressional source. Early this year, in January, the United States Department of Homeland Security canceled a project to build a virtual fence on the Southwest border, between the USA and Mexico. The project, called Project 28, sought to monitor a stretch of the border, using a combination of radar, high-resolution cameras, and wireless networking. A Homeland Security report made public in January that accompanied a statement canceling the virtual-fence project, dubbed SBInet, conceded that only last year did department officials conduct a comprehensive cost-effectiveness analysis of the project on the U. View Previous Surveys to a Friend Rate and Comment on this Page! Share/Bookmark. HOMELAND SECURITY’S VIRTUAL FENCE DISASTER! HOMELAND SECURITY’S VIRTUAL FENCE DISASTER! to a Friend. The federal government’s electronic border fence has been plagued with problems from the beginning. Now, the program is nearly in tatters, and some security experts believe last week’s short renewal of the fence contract is the government buying itself time before backing out of the ambitious project.
After Flop, Security Towers Are Next
On September 22, 2006, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to build a virtual fence along the borders with Canada and Mexico for controlling illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Arizona Senator John McCain is standing in as ranking member of the full Homeland Security Committee, and he, too, did not have much good to say about SBINet:: Hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money so far has been wasted.