'Virtual Fence' coming to Valley, other areas of border

The federal government is preparing to build a new "virtual fence" along the U.S./Mexico border.Construction will begin in the next few weeks in New Mexico and then start in the Rio Grande Valley.

Workers will install sensors, cameras and communication gear to detect drug smugglers and illegal immigrants.

The "virtual fence" will cover 2,000 miles along the border.

A formal announcement is expected to be made on Friday.

Action 4 News has also learned that Valley residents expect millions of dollars for additional border security.

U.S. Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz announced on Thursday that more federal funding for border security is coming to the Valley.

The initiative would add extra manpower and the latest technology to protect travelers entering and leaving the United States.