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Virtual border patrol

Alex Webb - Crossings - 2005The plan:

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled plans on Thursday to place hundreds of surveillance cameras along the Rio Grande and stream the images to the Internet so computer users everywhere can help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.” (src)

“‘With the voluntary participation of private landowners, the state will begin posting hundreds of surveillance cameras along criminal hot spots and common routes used to enter this country,’ Perry said … The video, which will include night vision, will be available to state, local and federal authorities and will be posted on the Internet in real time … ‘When citizens witness a crime taking place, they will be able to call an 800 number that will be routed to the appropriate law enforcement agency,’ he said.” (src)

Crosses mark the deaths of border crossersThe rationale:

“The move comes as the Pentagon prepares to deploy about 6,000 National Guard troops to bolster U.S. Border Patrol operations. But Perry said he was disappointed that homeland defense funding for Texas recently was cut 31 percent despite intelligence that ‘al-Qaida views the southern border as a prime point of entry’ into the U.S.” (src)

“Perry said that border sheriffs and police officers serve on the front lines of America’s homeland security efforts, and that the Texas-Mexico border is becoming an increasingly dangerous and violent place for peace officers and the citizens they protect. In recent months, state and local officers have engaged in armed standoffs, intense gun battles and high-speed chases pursuing an enemy that is increasingly bold and determined.” (src)

Mexico-US Border Wall“‘Enforcing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, but Texas will not wait for them to act,’ Perry said. ‘A stronger border is what the American people want. And it’s what our security demands. And that is what Texas is going to deliver’.” (src)

“‘I look at this as no different than the neighborhood watches that we’ve had in our communities for years and years,’ the governor said Thursday.” (src)

A little history:

Operation Wetback

Interview with Maria Jiménez: The Militarization of the U.S.- Mexico Border: Border Communities Respond to Militarization

Walking the Line

Alex Webb: Crossings

Borderlines: Immigration Law Enforcement and Human Rights Abuses


  1. Mike Ernst wrote:

    Great post. I added a post about this on my website here.

    Were did those images come from? I’d like to give credit where credit is due.


    Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 14:50 | Permalink
  2. Anne wrote:

    Hi Mike – Thanks.

    The top photo is by Alex Webb (linked in the post) and, to be honest, I don’t know where the other two came from.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 15:29 | Permalink
  3. Mike Ernst wrote:

    Whoops, I see the link now.

    Great site. I’ll be checking back often.


    Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 17:00 | Permalink
  4. justaname24 wrote:

    I am trying to find the website to view the camera’s, does anyone know the name of that site?

    Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 18:12 | Permalink
  5. Jake wrote:

    Check out the new DVD that explains why congress is refusing to protect our borders even 6 years after the devastating impact of 9/11 movie is “Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement” available at netflix

    Monday, February 18, 2008 at 18:15 | Permalink