January 4, 2013 Current Site Visitors ->
Unmanned Border Station Opens Water Gate?
More "Wet Backs"?
|ABC / Univision -- January 3
Border Patrol Opens Unmanned Crossing on U.S.-Mexico Border
Get ready for the very first "unmanned" border station on the U.S.-Mexico border. Slated to open at the end of this month, the Big Bend National Park in Texas will be staffed by, you guessed it, computers.
The station will be equipped with machines that can scan citizenship documents and conduct live video interviews with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a station in El Paso, Texas, Tech News Daily reports. While Mexican citizens will be able to use the crossing, U.S. officials maintain that Americans tourists to the national park are more likely to do so. When a similar CBP crossing was open in the same location more than a decade ago, few Mexicans used it. In 2002, because of increased security measures, U.S. officials closed the original crossing, forcing tourists to travel more than 100 miles to the next nearest crossing to get to Mexico, according to Nextgov.
American Patrol Report Comment
It is quite possible that only people with proper ID will use this crossing. It is also quite possible that the new auto-gate will encourage more people without authorization to enter the U.S. illegally by wading across the Rio Grande River. Why?
Well, up to now, if people speaking only Spanish showed up at Rio Grande Village they might well be considered suspects and reported to officials. Under the new system lots of such people might show up and it would be assumed they crossed at the auto-gate. It would then be a simple matter for people to get wet backs by crossing the river and melting into the legal population.
Maybe the DHS should install the IDENTISEIS® system (AKA Sonic Barrier) along the river to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen. (See map)
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