USA: It’s Official: America Is Militarizing the Mexican Border

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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.”

Blackhawks patrol the Southwest border. Credit: Flickr/CBP Photography
Blackhawks patrol the Southwest border. Credit: Flickr/CBP Photography

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/its-official-america-is-militarizing-the-mexican-border

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