2003 June 20 Friday
Steve Sailer Checks Out Border Hawk UAV

Steve Sailer visited a ranch near Palominas, Arizona where the volunteer group American Border Patrol are testing out a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) they plan to use to track illegal aliens entering the United States from Mexico.

His plan, he noted, is to narrowcast live coverage nightly over the AmericanBorderPatrol.com Web site, using low-light and thermal imaging cameras, of what he carefully calls "suspected border intruders." However, he intends to only report their global positioning satellite coordinates to the Department of Homeland Security to prevent vigilantes and other hotheads from beating the government agents to them.

Spencer claimed his goals are two-fold: to help the DHS's Border Patrol do a better job, and to make vivid to the public the extent of the illegal immigration problem in order to build political pressure for stronger enforcement of immigration laws.

American Border Patrol uses a number of other technologies to detect illegal aliens crossing the border.

Once they're out in the field, they deploy mobile microwave and satellite links and military motion sensors. They communicate with each other using Rino GPS-equipped radios.

Robert Bonner, commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, told a House of Representatives panel yesterday that it makes sense to conduct a pilot program using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

Tom Ridge, Cabinet Secretary for the Homeland Security Department, says the US government will be operating at least one drone on the border by the end of the year. But so far the government has not made moves to purchase UAVs to patrol the border.

Despite Ridge's statement that drones might be in use before year's end, the government has taken no steps to purchase any, according to Mario Villareal, a spokesman for the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

Even if every illegal alien could be identified using a large number of UAVs there'd probably still be a need for a larger number of Border Patrol agents to go around and round them all up. Still, UAVs could enable exsitng agents to use their time much more productively.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 June 20 03:00 AM  Immigration Border Control


Comments
Jimbo said at January 10, 2004 1:49 PM:

It is wonderful to know that concerned citizens are taking the initative and helping with protecting our borders. The issue of unlawful immigration affects not only those states that directly border Mexico. I live in the northeast and there are numerous Mexicans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorans and Brazilians living and working here. My concern is that they will compete for scarce jobs and end up stuck with low-paying menial jobs which in essence is tantamount to slave labor. I hope that the public will learn about this organization and give them all the support they need.

lar56 said at January 26, 2004 9:33 AM:

Volunteerism is the spirit of this great nation. I believe that this spirit should be cultivated and supported by the public as a whole. Were it not for concerned citizens, or environment would be ruined, our police would be helpless to criminals, and our communities in shambles.

Larry Dighera said at April 22, 2004 8:12 AM:

How will the flying public be protected from midair colissions with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?

Aaron said at February 22, 2005 8:48 AM:

Well, i like the idea of keeping out the drug runners and criminals, but the decent crop worker or dishwasher or busboy that is making more here than in Mexico (hardly a slave) to support a family is not a threat to the U.S. economically or otherwise. Honestly, i think most Americans have lost their brain after 9/11. Some of these "border-protecting" groups are just covers for the new KKK in America or at best can be described as mid-life crisis boys that still like carrying guns, but could never make it in the military.

Randall Parker said at February 22, 2005 9:31 AM:

Aaron,

The Hispanics create a number of problems for Americans. Hispanics are very poorly educated when they arrive, do not rise scholastically to American average levels over successive generations (and, generally speaking, immigrants quickly reach the level of scholastic achievement that their group will stay at in later generations, earn lower incomes (and hence pay less in taxes than they receive in benefits), have kids illegitimately at higher rates, and commit crimes at higher rates (and also see here).

Go read all those links and then explain to me how in the face of massive evidence you can dismiss the opponents of Hispanic immigration as gun nuts who couldn't make it in the military. Also, speaking of making it in the military why don't you go read the immigration writings of Allan Wall. Allan is currently serving in the US Army in Iraq and lives in Mexico where he teaches English.


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