The Trump administration has been cracking down on illegal immigration, but the president has more plans up his sleeve than just building a border wall, as evidenced by a recent announcement by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Agents entrusted with securing our vulnerable southern border will reportedly be testing new types of drones for use in detecting illegal immigrants in areas that have been difficult or dangerous to access, according to Breitbart.
The initial phase of testing will take place near Tucson, Arizona later this month, and will be followed up by additional testing in Texas and Vermont beginning in January of 2018.
The agency will test three different kinds of small unmanned aircraft systems — Puma, Raven and InstantEye Quadcopter, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roland “Chip” Filiault explained that each aircraft system has been designed to be portable, making it easier for agents to employ.
The drones could also be outfitted with technology like infrared cameras and facial-recognition capabilities, according to KTAR.
As part of the testing, CBP will examine the systems’ capabilities in both hot and cold weather conditions before considering whether to expand the program.
As pointed out by The Outline, using drones to secure the border could be an easy, relatively cheap, and effective method of surveillance while officials continue to make arrangements for Trump’s proposed border wall — a slower, more costly method.
We certainly need everything possible to help decrease the number of illegal immigrants who cross our border, particularly in remote areas that are not feasible for agents to monitor.
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