June 19, 2024


Step Into The Technology

New congressional caucus formed to study border security technology

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McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A South Texas congressman has fashioned a new bipartisan caucus in Congress to analyze technological know-how equipment that could be used on the southern border.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Democrat from McAllen, advised Border Report he believes there are emerging technologies that can assist regulation enforcement personnel to far better patrol and check the southern border with Mexico.

Very last month, Gonzalez shaped the Border Safety Engineering Caucus alongside with Tony Gonzales, a Republican from West Texas. Other customers involve Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.

Their intention is to “talk about superior tech strategies of how to protected our border,” Gonzalez explained to Border Report not too long ago at his workplaces in McAllen, Texas.

“I know President Trump talked about building a significant wall and I utilized to notify him all the time that I believe we should have a wall with slicing-edge technology with Aerostats and cameras and sensors and possibly more boots on the floor. That is real border stability it is not just political rhetoric,” Gonzalez mentioned.

Cameras and other sensors are noticed atop a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report File Photograph)

“We have the assets. We have the persons. We have the engineering and I imagine we should really use the quite best technological know-how on our southern border and I think that is what finally will convey safety to our region,” Gonzalez claimed.

Among the strategies he needs to talk about are like additional Aerostats and drones on the Texas border with Mexico.

A tethered Aerostat is observed Aug. 17, 2020, traveling in excess of La Joya, Texas. (Sandra Sanchez/Border Report File Photograph)

The United States has for many years stationed Aerostat programs on the southern border. These include more substantial, much more lasting Tethered Aerostat Radar Technique (TARS) and the smaller sized tethered cellular blimps regarded as Tactical Aerostat Systems (TAS).

Most of the units ended up surplus products from the Department of Defense and employed in Afghanistan. But the working fees, completed by personal contractors, proved to be astronomical and have prevented much more of the devices from remaining deployed, a number of lawmakers have told Border Report.

Gonzalez states now there are Aerostat products becoming developed that can be operated via hand-held cellphones and he would like his committee to examine these to see if they can be used on the border.

“We have the technology to have eyesight to see what’s happening hundreds of miles from our border, accumulate knowledge, gather intelligence and be additional geared up and have slicing edge know-how to guarantee that the males and ladies who are securing our borders have obtain to the finest technological innovation in the world,” he said.

The Border Protection Technological know-how Caucus has not still held its 1st conference but is arranging to schedule a person soon, Gonzalez said.

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