Past Features

February 19, 2017

Trump's Texas wall problem
Levees were always part of the solution

Top: Border fence being constructed on levee -- See Operation BEEF
Bottom: Hypothetical use of SEIDARM on levee -- See placement on 36-mile section
Glenn Spencer --- American Border Patrol -- Feb. 19
SEIDARM Levee Assessment Project
    As part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) planned to construct approximately 70 miles of "tactical infrastructure" in the USBP Rio Grande Valley Sector, Texas. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project is found here.
    This map shows the location of the proposed fencing.
    As shown in American Border Patrol's 2009 aerial survey done as part of Operation B.E.E.F, much of the fencing was placed atop existing levees.
    The project was never totally completed. For example, many gates planned to give residents access to their property south of the fencing were never installed.
    Levees seem to be an ideal place to place the SEIDARM border security system, as many are earthen and rights of way already exist.
    This video shows SEIDARM's capability to detect and locate intruders.
    This video shows SEIDARM directing a drone to intercept and track a suspect.
    See how SEIDARM might be installed near McAllen, Texas.
    We propose that DHS/CBP install SEIDARM on all levees that line the Rio Grande River. We call it the SEIDARM Levee Assessment Project (SLAP).
    SLAP could be completed in a matter of weeks and provide a quick look at actual foot traffic across Rio Grande levees --- thus guiding future fence construction plans --- and assessing the effectiveness of what additional fencing is added.
    We encourage the DHS/CBP to quickly consider this idea.