I know you will all be surprised to learn that the “Virtual Fence” along the Southern border is simply not working.
PHOENIX (AP) – An ambitious, $6.7 billion government project to secure nearly the entire Mexican border with a “virtual fence” of cameras, ground sensors and radar is in jeopardy after a string of technical glitches and delays.
Having spent $672 million so far with little to show for it, Washington has ordered a reassessment of the whole idea. The outlook became gloomier this week when President Barack Obama proposed cutting $189 million from the venture.
Ultimately, the project could be scaled back dramatically, with the government installing virtual fences along a few segments of the nation’s 2,000-mile southern boundary but dropping plans for any further expansion, officials said.
“The worst that happens is that we have a system which gives us some value but we conclude that it’s not worth buying any more of it,” said Mark Borkowski, the government’s director of the project at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Here in America, we get government contracts, budget over-runs, cool high-tech cameras and many press conferences and photo-ops. And years later, we are stuck with a system that does not work.
According to the reports, we have spent $670 million dollars to end up with another government project that doesn’t work. Israel has projected their fence costs at $3.5 million per mile. My calculator says we would have gotten 191 miles of Israeli-style fence for that same $670 million. I haven’t seen all the stats, but I bet that Israeli fence works really, really well.