Unmanned Drones Over the Border
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:58:16 GMT —
Undocumented immigrants and drug smuggling are some of the issues the border patrol faces every day.
Congressman Henry Cuellar said unmanned aircraft flying over the border can help authorities by providing some eyes in the skies.
"I feel very strongly that the Texas border, that has 1, 200 miles should get a drone. At least one that can patrol those miles," said Congressman Henry Cuellar.
As chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, Cuellar said he feels so strongly about bringing unmanned drones to the border that he wrote a request to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deploy an unmanned aircraft along the Texas-Mexico border as soon as possible.
Dan Rude, who has a place near the Texas-Mexico border said he supports Cuellar's request.
"The unmanned drones are probably a good idea just to keep an eye on things," said Rude.
Jerry Severns who fishes on the river separating the Texas-Mexico border said he doesn't think the drones are necessary.
"With the border patrol, I think they do a good job as it is," he said. "I don't know how the drones would improve it."
Ann Williams Cass, the executive director of Proyecto Azteca said she agrees with Severns.
"I don't want drones flying overhead here in the Rio Grande Valley," said Ann Williams Cass.
Instead, she said Cuellar should focus on a comprehensive immigration reform.
"We have to allow people who are coming here for jobs to have a route to do that in a way they could be documented and not exploited by businesses here in the United States," said Cass.
For the record, Cuellar said his request for a surveillance aircraft doesn't mean he's against a comprehensive immigration reform.
"My stand on comprehensive immigration reform is that I support it," said Cuellar.
He said it's important to first concentrate on securing the border, and he thinks having more eyes in the skies would help.