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Defense Contractors Turn to Border Control for New Profits
Millions of immigrants aren’t the only ones hoping for Congress to approve an immigration reform plan. Military contractors, too, are looking forward to the opportunities that the new law might bring.
While the reform plan currently in the U.S. Senate would provide new chances at citizenship for immigrants, it also would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to do something that’s never been done before—secure every inch of the nearly 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico and stanch the flow of illegal immigrants once and for all.
Since the federal government can’t afford to add thousands of border agents to accomplish such a goal, DHS will turn instead to technology to halt unauthorized crossings.
That’s where companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and others come in.
If the legislation as currently drafted becomes law, DHS will have only six months to offer up ways to achieve “effective control” and “persistent surveillance” of the entire 1,969-mile border with Mexico.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3,500 acres in southern Arizona have now been closed to U.S. citizens because of the dangers posed in that area from Mexican drug smugglers. The area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
Originally posted by Bassago
Well this is not good on so many levels. Once the MIC starts leaning on Congress a lot of the Republicans will fold.
Then we get the next step which smells like more "drones" more cameras. Wonder if the are going to be armed and if this whole thing was part of the 30,000 drones we've been told to expect in our skies.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by neo96
Hey, I'm all for securing the border but there are a lot of troubling provisions in this bill that might make it not worth the cost. It will pretty much assure a huge block of voters sure to go Democrat in the future and from some accounts gives the former "illegals" immediate access to welfare and Obamacare.
If those provisions stay in place, not only will we have the MIC fighting for this but also the Welfare Industrial Complex you complain about will be pushing for it as well. With those two groups on its side there may be no way of stopping this thing, no matter how many bad things they slip into it.