Homeland Security Scraps Virtual Fence Along Arizona-Mexico Border
TUCSON, Arizona — The government will replace its highly touted "virtual fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the brand-new $20 million system because it doesn't work sufficiently, officials said.
The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff officially accepted the completed fence from The Boeing Co.
With the decision, Customs and Border Protection officials are acknowledging that the pilot program to detect illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border doesn't work well enough to keep or to continue tweaking.
Only via a gov't project could $20,000,000 equal a grand total of nine towers, plus the software and system to go with. And now it's being scrapped after a couple of months?
What a monumental waste of tax dollars and time.
The 2000 mile wall that was supposed to be finished already still has less than 100 miles completed. At this rate it may finish by the time I'm ready to retire.