Customs Launches Secure Border Initiative
Nov. 9, 2005
Calling it "a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America's borders," the Department of Homeland Security has announced a new "vision" for border security. The program is directed primarily at immigration and border crime. It relies, in part, on an 11% funding increase to CBP. Highlights of the Secure Border Initiative include:
Additional agents on the borders and in the ports
The elimination of "catch and release" procedures by expanding detention facilities
Upgraded border security technology
Infrastructure improvements at the border
Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff's stated goal is to have "operational control" of the northern and southern borders within five years.
Among the technological improvements to be deployed are: additional unmanned aerial vehicles, other aerial assets, remote video surveillance systems, and sensors.