A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security on an aerial surveillance program along the southern boundary, which was scaled back by the Obama administration, Reuters reports.
The program, the Operation Member, deployed as many as 6,000 National Guard pilots to check for drug trafficking and illegal immigration during President George W. Bush administration.
The Asset team and research was part of a broad request for documents and analysis looking at the viability of a wall and barrier construction.
According to Reuters, the U. S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 400 km along the U.S.-mexican border, where new scenes could be set up.
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About the same distance can be fences along the U.S.-Canada border, according to a document opened exclusively by Reuters.
During his presidential campaign, Trump stressed repeatedly that securing the border would be his first immigration priority.
Almost 700 km of the fence was put in place during President George W. Bush a second term and beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term — but is not the type of the solid wall that Trump has pledged to build on Mexico’s costs.
The fence has miles of long openings and ports built in to the landowners access to their property on the south side of the fence. Immigrants are known to go over the fence.
The AP contributed to this report.