It’s Official: America Is Militarizing the Mexican Border
To accomplish that, the legislation would pour unprecedented resources—$46 billion in total—into border security, including:
$30 billion to double the number of Border Patrol agents along the Southern border, from about 18,000 today to 38,405. That’s about 19 agents per mile.
$8 billion to complete and reinforce a 700-mile pedestrian border fence.
$4.5 billion in high-tech surveillance technology, including 24/7 use of unmanned aerial drones; six “Vader” (Vehicle Dismount and Exploitation Radar) radar systems developed for the military in Afghanistan; 40 new helicopters; 30 marine vessels; 4,595 unattended ground sensors with seismic, imaging, and infrared capability; 86 towers; and hundreds of cameras, night-vision goggles, fiber-optic inspection scopes, and mobile surveillance systems.
$1 billion to expand the E-Verify System, a computerized data network that allows employers to check the immigration status of potential workers, and build a “photo tool” that allows a company to match applicants to photos in the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Database. (Just 7 percent of employers are currently using the E-Verify system, but the bill calls for the system to be rolled out to all employers within four years.)
Development of “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant, wear-resistant, and identity theft-resistant social security cards.”
After the discussions in Myitkyina, no press conference was held. The ethnic representatives left quietly and the government representatives did not stay at length. However, a joint statement was released containing six points, the fourth of which focused on the nationwide ceasefire, laying down framework principles for political dialogue and holding political dialogues.
The joint statement said that representatives from both sides agreed to meet again in Hpa-an, Kayin State, in December. They felt satisfied with their cooperation during the Myitkyina dialogue. They also agreed to hold the political dialogues as soon as possible.