Operation B.E.E.F. Update

Operation B.E.E.F.

OPERATION B.E.E.F. (Border Enforcement Evaluation First)


September 5, 2007


According to a survey completed by American Border Patrol, in Arizona and California fewer than twenty miles of new fencing will have been added to the border in Arizona and California since the signing of the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Of that total, only two miles will comply with the specification for a two-layered system. Since its survey of June 5, 2007, 16.6 miles of new single-layered pedestrian fencing has been built or will be built by the end of September. New vehicle barriers totaled 19.32 miles, all of which was on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range in Arizona have been added as well.

Survey of Border

As part of Operation B.E.E.F. , American Border Patrol conducted an aerial survey of 550 miles of border between August 13 and September 3, 2007. This survey did not include most of New Mexico or any of Texas.

The survey was conducted in a Cessna TU-206 using a Sony high definition video camera and Canon EOS-1 Dx 17 megapixel camera with a100-400 mm lens. Video and stills are linked to a given geographical locations using a Garmin 296 GPS Map system.

The video and still data were analyzed to locate each type of fencing along the border. This is done using Google Earth. Once each type of fencing is located, Google Earth is used to measure distances.

Most of the border fencing consists of barbed wire stock fence. Large areas have no fencing of any sort.

Total border surveyed: 550 miles

Single layered people barrier: 83.32 miles

Double layered people barrier: 16.5 miles

Vehicle barrier: 107.1 miles

Barbed wire stock fencing: 262.4 miles

No fencing: 80.68 miles


Since the last full survey on June 5, 2007, the following additions were noted:

Single-layer "pedestrian" fence = 16.6 miles


Vehicle barriers = 19.32 miles


Single-layer pedestrian fencing = 19.9 miles

Double layer pedestrian fencing = 2 miles


Vehicle barriers -- Approximately 50 miles

This chart shows the different types of barriers and how much of each was found in this survey.

This map shows the extent of the survey and is a Key Map showing where along the border the barriers can be found.


New Pedestrian Fencing

Most of the new pedestrian fencing (built since June 5) was found west of Douglas, Arizona, and west of Naco, Arizona. Of the 16.6 miles of new fencing noted above, approximately 7 miles is presently under construction with completion expected before the end of September.

Three miles of the new pedestrian fencing was installed south and east of Yuma, with the mesh panels being added to existing vehicle barrier structures.

Vehicle Barriers

The ABP survey is done from the air and is accurate to within about 100 feet of fence length. It is possible that some additions were made to vehicle barriers that are not reported because they were limited in scope.

Fourteen of the 19.32 miles of new vehicle barrier was built east of Yuma, extending the existing vehicle barrier further into the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range.

Approximately 5.32 miles of new vehicle barrier was seen west of Calexico.


Border fence construction near Sasabe to start Monday

By Brady McCombs

Arizona Daily Star

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.23.2007

The construction of seven miles of primary border fence near Sasabe is set to begin Monday without notice to the public about the project and no public comment period.

The bollard fence - 12-foot-high steel posts set 4- inches apart that form an impenetrable barrier for humans and large mammals but allow water and small animals to pass through - is expected to be completed by Christmas, said Border Patrol spokeswoman Dove Haber, with the agency's Tucson Sector headquarters. It will be built by Phoenix-based Sundt Construction Inc., which was awarded a $31.5 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

ABP Surveyed the Sasabe site on September 3 and found very little in the way of progress.

Project 28

(DHS Release)

What is Project 28? (12/29/2006)

A. Flanking the Sasabe Port of Entry (POE) on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Project 28 is the first operational task order awarded to Boeing as part of the SBInet contract it won in September 2006.

Boeing selected the Sasabe POE as the most appropriate place to demonstrate its SBInet system capabilities. The Sasabe area is a high priority for the Border Patrol due to the substantial flow of illegal entries and the lack of existing technology and infrastructure. Since it also includes a POE and is representative of terrain conditions found in large areas along the Southwest Border it is an ideal location for the initial SBInet deployment.

It has now been reported that the SBInet Project 28 virtual fence system has failed to produce acceptable results.

High-tech border system needs work

Homeland Security chief says that the program is not fully functional, but that security has improved.

By Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

September 6, 2007

WASHINGTON -- -- A much-touted, high-tech system being tested along the border with Mexico failed to meet expectations and is being reworked, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday. Still, he said, border security has improved dramatically.

Chertoff said that SBInet, which integrates cameras, radar and unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the border, did not satisfy his department during initial tests and that he has asked Boeing, the contractor, to make improvements.


Comparing the results of this survey with surveys conducted starting in August, 2006, ABP has concluded that 2 miles of new double-layered fencing has been constructed along the border since September, 2006. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was signed on October 26, 2006.

ABP has also noted a significant slowdown in barrier construction activity since March 20, 2007.

ABP will perform another survey, this time including the border from east of El Paso, Texas to San Diego, California, before the end of July, 2007. An updated progress report will be issued in early August, 2007.


Continuous high-definition video of the entire survey area is available to be reviewed by responsible agencies. ABP has prepared files that can be imported to Google Earth showing more than 200 medium resolution photographs of the area surveyed. High resolution photographs are also available.

For information contact

American Border Patrol

2160 E. Fry Blvd. #426

Sierra Vista, AZ 85635