A man looks out on the border of the V. S., where the workers are replacing parts of the US border wall for a higher, in Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 19, 2018. (Associated Press)
Smugglers and illegal immigrants trying to sneak past Border Patrol agents on their way to the United States will soon be dealing with a new surveillance tool that allows you to scan open terrain for miles.
The Border Patrol on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile video surveillance system along the U.S.-mexican border in California that can look into the mountains with infrared scopes in the day and at night.
“It is a game-changer for them,” said John Moulton, chief technology officer, surveillance at the supplier Benchmark Companies, of Angleton, Texas. “An agent who goes on patrol can multiply his vision of many miles.”
The camera systems are run on a Ford F-150 pick-up trucks equipped with the monitoring of the towers. Five of the vehicles will be used by border agents along San Diego’s southern border on Friday.
The Border Patrol said it has arrested about 12,000 people trying to cross into the U.S. illegally this year. The new monitoring system is expected to increase that number.
“We average 160 arrests per day in the San Diego sector, said Michael Scappechio, a Border Patrol supervisor, adding that “the threat of the migrant caravan in Tijuana (Mexico) and more people on the road, we need to ensure that we are prepared for.”
President Trump has repeatedly called for the construction of a wall in order to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants in the USA — though he allowed that the question to prevent a shutdown of the federal government in a last stopgap spending bill Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a disabled U. S. Air Force veteran has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the proposed wall. As of Wednesday, the page raised more than $2 million toward a $1 billion goal.