Air War Over Southern Arizona
Fair weather security?
|American Patrol Report -- March 11
A rainstorm moved into Southern Arizona Friday morning and the number of suspected illegal aliens being chased by the Border Patrol dropped from Thursday's count of 320 to a paltry 29 --- 91%.
The rain probably doesn't bother young illegal aliens, so what happened? The most likely explanation is CBP aircraft couldn't see any suspects to direct ground pounders to intercept.
According to an analysis of last year's data, secureborderintel.org reports that a total of 62 different aircraft provide tactical support for ground agents from east of Douglas to the Organ Pipe National Monument. The number of aircraft active at any one time ranges from six to as high as twenty. These aircraft, especially the UAVs and high-fliers, are instrumental in spotting suspects with their powerful thermal and color cameras. Helicopters finish the job, giving step-by-step directions. Friday's big drop in activity suggests that without these air assets, our southern border is pretty vulnerable.
SBI also reports that the Predator appears to be utilized less than 7% of the time in one 31-day period looked at --- again raising questions as to its effectiveness.
A scene where twenty aircraft are involved in defending the country conjures up images of the Battle of Britain. It also conjures up an image of a very costly process that might be axed by the sequestration.
Are there cheaper ways to secure the border? Should Congress consider them? Does Congress even know what is going on at the border?
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