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Immigration Blues: Obama Scraps Full 'Virtual' Border Fence

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The "virtual" border fence isn't a virtual reality anymore.

The $1 billion project to install sensors, radar, video and other technology as a way of spotting illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico to the United States has been scrapped by the Obama administration, Reuters and the Associated Press reported.

The SBInet program, started in 2006 under the Bush administration, faced a series of cost overruns and missed deadlines. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says proven, commercially available technology -- aerial drones, thermal imaging and other surveillance systems -- will be used in place of a full virtual fence across 53 miles of borderland in Arizona.

Arizona borderThe abandonment of the full-scale virtual fence comes as the White House grapples with on-going pressure to improve security along the border. In 2010, Obama signed legislation adding 1,500 Border Patrol agents, customs inspectors and other law enforcement officers to stem the flow of drugs and nab smugglers and other illegals trying to cross into the U.S.

Napolitano said in a statement the "new strategy" would be more realistic -- balancing "cost and capability."


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a49ers33

You would think we would like to keep the trash out of America, but these left wing no clue having politicians do not get it!!!! Napolitano came from Arizona and has lost touch; we need to protect the sovereignty of this Great Nation. We do not want the garbage from the sewer of these other dirt countries. And the People said: AMEN!

January 26 2011 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

The Democrats answer to illegal immigration is amnesty in one form or another. Always has been...

January 22 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
carl

FYI--- Los Angles county alone spent $600 million on children of illegal aliens in 2010. Gee, ya think maybe its time to control our boarders?

January 20 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Warren

I don't understand all the thumbs down on my post about the $338.3 billion a year that our gov. spends on illegals. Why not spend the $1 billion to secure our borders? Just think our gov. could hire alot of us who have been out of work for awhile now.I'll be more than happy to help build it.

January 17 2011 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Obama and Dems' solution to historical joblessness in America? Amensty for millions of illegals that broke into our country, so they can then compete for millions of jobs when there are not even now enough of for our own citizens. And they still wonder why they got the boot in huge numbers in November. Interesting.

January 16 2011 at 9:07 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
ellingt5

It is hard to address a problem that you haven't even seen. Our Pres still hasn't been to the border. If he was serious about securing our border he would send the National Guard that were requested, with their guns. I would much rather they be protecting us from unknowns crossing the border illegally than activated to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

January 16 2011 at 7:26 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Jamie Warren

$338.3 BILLION SPENT ON ILLEGALS A YEAR BY OUR GOV., BUT THAY DON'T WON'T TO SPEND $1 BILLION TO BUILD THE FENCE. DOES THIS MAKE SENCE TO ANYBODY?

January 16 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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ellingt5

Sounds logical so you can be sure we will not be spending our tax dollars wisely!

January 16 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
mullermugs32

One would think, securing the border would be a gigantic step on the "War on Drugs" Not sure if i can call it that, I might seem uncivil. Then again, it might put to many DEA/NARC government employees on unemployment.

January 16 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

It's impossible to believe our government is really as incomptent at protcting our borders as they appear. Since it seems to easy to break into American, and in this age of terrorism, we all need to be very worried about who else is coming across our Southern borders.

January 16 2011 at 6:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
martbild

Virtual, hell, we need concrete and razor wire.

January 16 2011 at 9:19 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

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