Saturday, February 23, 2008

Virtual fence to prevent illegal immigration

A 28-mile "virtual fence" that will use radars and surveillance cameras to try to catch people entering the country illegally has gotten final government approval.

'Virtual' border fence gets final approval; will snare illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Friday was to announce approval of the fence, built by the Boeing Co. and using technology the Bush administration plans to extend to other areas of the Arizona border, as well as sections of Texas. These projects could get under way as early as this summer, officials said.

The virtual fence is part of a national plan to secure the southwest border with physical barriers and high-tech detection capabilities intended to stop illegal immigrants on foot and drug smugglers in vehicles. As of Feb. 8, 295 miles of fencing had been constructed.

The virtual fence already is working.

On Feb. 13, an officer in a Tucson command center — 70 miles from the border — noticed a group of about 100 people gathered at the border. The officer notified agents on the ground and in the air. Border Patrol caught 38 of the 100 people who tried to cross illegally, and the others went back into Mexico, a Homeland Security official said.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Astoria and Corona
should be cleared of some of the dangerous warrens
of illegal immigrant barracks that are proliferating
in these areas.

The kind that have been well documented
featuring 30 beds in a single room.

Think on a national level
but ACT on the more local level!

Anonymous said...

Local Government is at fault for not abiding by Federal Laws & paying a price for not doing so.

The Federal government is responsible for border security and must speed up the latest initiatives. 295 miles built thus far is drop in the bucket. The initiatives should go much further, incorporating diplomatic solutions such as aid to Mexico in the form of incentives tied to reductions of their citizens crossing over. Yeah this does sound like some welfare but keeping their citizens at home is far less expensive than supporting them here and all the hidden costs to us not factored in at the local level.

CJ said...

The initiatives should go much further, incorporating diplomatic solutions such as aid to Mexico in the form of incentives tied to reductions of their citizens crossing over.

Really? I hope Mr. Jefferson would not mind.

Millions for da-fence, not one cent for tribute.

We Light Up Queens said...

If they can't cross over how will we make the legal citizens after 10 years?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Astoria and Corona
should be cleared of some of the dangerous warrens
of illegal immigrant barracks that are proliferating
in these areas.
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You can write a letter to the Gazette - but they wouldn't publish it.

You can speak up at the community board 1 - but they will not listen to you.

You can post on Astorians.com - but you would get banned.

Ever notice, the less discussion, the more the community is in trouble?

Anonymous said...

If you take away the jobs and take away the housing, illegal immigration would slow to a trickle.

But this the clubhouse controlling every tiny detail of Queens, you have a big neon sign lurking over the boro (visible from outer space, so I've heard) saying 'Immigrants Welcome!'

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