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Plans Moving Forward to Scrap 'Virtual Fence' Along US-Mexico Border

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama Administration is moving forward with its plans to scrap the so-called virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.  This after federal authorities spent nearly $1 billion on the project.  Officials have signalled a desire in recent months to end the project and a firm announcement is expected soon that it will not proceed.

The 53 miles of "fence" was to be a high-tech means of helping to secure the border with Mexico and involved state-of-the-art ground cameras and remote sensors to detect illegal entries.  It was proposed back in 2006, under the Bush Administration and was seen as a post-9/11 effort to keep illegal aliens out of the United States.  There are also hundreds of miles of actual pedestrian fencing. 

The project has been plagued by management and contractual problems and cost overruns, revealed in a General Accounting Office review.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said the government has an obligation to secure the borders but it must do so in the most cost-effective way possible.

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