"As unmanned aircraft have proven to be effective on our southern border, this first step in North Dakota will lay the foundation to expand unmanned aerial system operations along the nation's northern border," Michael Kostelnik, assistant commissioner for CBP's Office of Air and Marine, said.
American Border Patrol Truth Alert
CBP first tested UAVs on the border following the lead of American Border Patrol. The first operational CBP UAV, a Predator B, crashed in April of 2006. There are reports that CBP has two new UAVs (presumably Predators), however ABP believes they are restricted to flying in military airspace over Ft. Huachuca. ABP learned that one of the UAVs ran off the runway in December, 2006. ABP also notes that no new TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) has been issued by the FAA as would be required if the CBP UAV were to fly in civilian airspace.