Past Features

March 3, 2017

Can this $18 million camera
tower prevent illegal entries?

UPDATE - Construction Resumes -- See Below


Top: Screen grab from ABP drone video taken March 1
Bottom: Similar view in Google Earth.
Glenn Spencer -- Editorial -- March 2
Did anyone ask the question?
   Ten years ago the U.S. Senate was debating amnesty. In the few minutes before the vote, Sen. Sessions yielded two minutes to Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Video of two-minute Dole speech.
    This is part of what she said: "The American People want to see results control of that border. We need to establish standards --- metrics and show that they have been achieved." --- Sen. Elizabeth Dole
    The metric for border security was set in the Secure Fence Act --- Operational Control --- which it defined as the "prevention of all unlawful entries."
     That act includes an amendment that gives the DHS secretary the authority to reject a particular means of securing the border if it is: "not the most appropriate means to achieve operational control of the international border at such location."
    One of the first border infrastructure projects started under the Trump administration was the erection of eight border camera towers in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest.
    Can these cameras prevent illegal entries? Were these the most appropriate means to achieve operational control of the border?
   Did anyone ask the question?
UPDATE! WE HAVE THE ANSWER!
This morning American Border Patrol confirmed that construction of the eight towers in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest has resumed. We now think it is safe to assume that the Trump administration and DHS Secretary Kelly have taken an look at this project and have given it the green light to continue.
    
American Border Patrol uncovered this questionable project as part of Operation BEEF - Border Enforcement Evaluation First - 2.
    
There now is no question that there is a continuing need for an independent border watchdog organization. We promise to continue to do that job for the American people.

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