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Congressmen form Bipartisan ‘Border Security Technology Caucus’ to Combat Border Crisis

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Four U.S. Representatives have worked together to create the “Border Security Technology Caucus.” In a bipartisan coalition, Republican Tony Gonzales of Texas, Democrat Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Republican Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee and Tim Ryan of Ohio announced Friday the caucus will be the first to find technological solutions to help aid our southern border crisis.

Initiatives such as adding ‘Autonomous Surveillance Towers’ that enable detection of migrants without the need for border agents to be present will help authorities better allocate resources. “Border patrol agents are asking for this,” Republican Representative Gonzales told Newsweek. “And they’re pushing hard.”

He noted the morale of agents is very low, and drug cartels have increased their technology presence and intelligence. He told Newsweek that agents have seen small drones fly across the border and drop illegal drugs, going back and forth “all day long.”

Gonzales also said the agents have no tools at their disposal to combat this technology. “I’m a cryptologist by trade, a cyber guy, and in the cyber realm, you get obsolete very fast,” he added.

The Democratic Representative Gonzalez told Newsweek he met with former President Trump on the matter, as well as developers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I had many conversations with President Trump about using cutting-edge technology on our border, and I used to use the word of having a ‘virtual wall’ through cutting-edge technology,” said Gonzalez.

“I’m for secure borders and I’m for immigration,” he added, “and I think that the best way to do it is through cutting-edge technology that we already have.”

“The fact is, we just need to control the border the way we have for generations now and keep it safe and have an orderly process for folks who want to come across,” said Democrat Representative Gonzalez.

“I think that this caucus will be able to see technological ideas and advances that now exist that we can present to the appropriate committees on this issue,” he added, “and do it in a bipartisan way.”

By combatting drug smuggling technologies and introducing equipment that makes it easier to detect people being smuggling across the border, the two lawmakers said that America can better crack down on cartel influence.

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  1. David Levine

    March 19, 2022 at 10:48 am

    All very nice, BUT WE NEED THE TRUMP WALL, period!

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Border officials find ‘sophisticated’ drug tunnel with rail system, electricity, from Tijuana to San Diego

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Earlier this week U.S. authorities announced the discovery of a “fully operational” and “sophisticated” tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, reaching from Tijuana to San Diego.

Authorities confirmed 1,700-foot tunnel that ends in a San Diego warehouse near the U.S. Border Protection Otay Mesa Port of Entry was used to traffic drugs.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Randy Grossman said the 61-foot deep and four feet across at the widest part was complete with “reinforced walls, a rail system, and electricity for ventilation.”

Authorities stated a whopping $25 million worth of drugs were seized form within the tunnel over the weekend. Fox News reports that among the drugs were “1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth, and 3.5 pounds of heroin.”

Authorities found the tunnel after surveilling a truck that was going to and from the warehouse with large boxes. “In a span of a few hours, agents watched five vehicles come and go from the stash house and this warehouse, we allege that the defendants were driving into the garage and loading or dropping off cardboard boxes full of drugs to further the movement or distribution of drugs throughout the United States, the federal agents were watching the whole time,” Grossman said.

After raiding the warehouse, authorities found no other drugs, but did spot the tunnel opening carved onto the floor.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” Grossman said. “We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”

Fox News reports six California residents, aged 21 to 55, were arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth, and heroin. “Together with the Mexican government, we have been collaborating in trying to eradicate these tunnels, which should not exist because that is where a lot of crime happens, and a lot of the suffering that we see,” U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar told the news outlet Zeta. “This needs to stop.”

Fox News adds “authorities said that drug-smuggling tunnels are not uncommon. They are usually used by drug smugglers to evade authorities and transport a large quantity of drugs. More than 15 tunnels have been found since 2006, officials said.”

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