An Arizona Lawmaker Wants A “Virtual Fence”

Posted On 20 Feb 2014
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Ensures that the system will serve to verify that the federal government keeps its promise to monitor the border.

An Arizona lawmaker wants the state to invest $ 30 million in a network of high-tech surveillance near the border with Mexico.

Sen. Bob Worsley said the “virtual fence“-composed of 200 units and radar-camera would monitor the movement of people and vehicles to see if the government keeps its promise to secure the border.

“My proposal is just to watch,” Worsley said. “Trust but verifies.”

According to the draft Worsley, the monitoring system would be built 32 kilometers (20 miles) from the border.

Project funding may also include grants for about $ 260,000 that has been received through the law previously enacted for future border fence, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.

Worsley said he is confident that Congress will pass broad immigration legislation.

“Let‚Äôs see reforms, and that is important to us as a border state‚Äôs Why, for me it is important to know if we can trust the federal government when it says it has done its job on the border,” said the senator.

The main proponent of the border fence was Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, who has been frustrated by the inability of a legislative advisory committee to agree to plan the installation of the fence material.

Smith said that the idea has merit but Worsley prefer the radar network was used with border patrols.

“We know that the border is porous. Know that the federal agency is not doing its job,” Smith said.

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