Drones A Key Tool For Tightening Border Security

Drones A Key Tool For Tightening Border SecurityArizona Daily Star – Border security is the first step of the proposed immigration reform bill – and some lawmakers see 24/7 surveillance as a key to stopping illegal crossers.

Ten drones already fly along the U.S. southern and northern borders. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not been able to fully use them, partly because of Federal Aviation Administration restrictions and partly because of a lack of money to operate them, said Randolph Alles, assistant commander of the Office of Air and Marine, which supervises the drones.

After nearly eight years of operating drones along the border, Alles said the agency is now reaping the benefits, but the program is still not where he wants it to be. [Read More]