Threats to the southern border have taken a new unexpected dimension. The Washington Examiner reports:
As the political clash over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has played out on the U.S.-Mexico border, hovering above is the growing presence of drones.
These small unmanned aircraft systems are piloted by multiple interests — drug traffickers looking for a way into the country, the U.S. government trying to keep them out, and even journalists hoping to get a new point of view on an issue that has gripped headlines for weeks.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has increasingly invested in anti-drone technologies as well as their own patrol aircraft.
In fiscal 2018, as of March 26, there have been 36 reports of small drone, or small unmanned aircraft system, sightings to the Air and Marine Operations Center along the U.S.-Mexico Border, Jennifer Gabris, a spokesperson for the CBP office of public affairs, told the Washington Examiner via email. By comparison, there were only 19 reports in all of fiscal 2017.
New threats at the border are just another reason why the border has to be strengthened.