New border technology slow to be deployed

Posted: March 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - Technology set to replace an abandoned virtual fence plan at the Mexican border will take at least another decade before it is fully in place.

Richard Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government Accountability Office, said Tuesday the new cameras, radar and other technology will start to be deployed in Arizona in the next two years but likely won't be fully in place across the 2,000-mile border until at least 2021, and possibly not until 2026.

Stana, who testified before a House border and maritime security subcommittee, said the new technology is expected to be fully in place in Arizona by 2015 or 2016.

The cameras and other equipment replace a nearly $1 billion plan for a virtual fence that was officially scrapped earlier this year.

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