Work stops on 'virtual fence' along US-Mexico border
The work along the border needs more reassessment, Napolitano says
WASHINGTON — Signaling a major shift from her predecessor, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday said she will spend $50 million of stimulus funds originally intended to build a "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border on other more proven and cost-effective security technology.
The decision to pull back funding on the initiative aimed at protecting the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug smugglers and illegal immigrants comes on the heels of a series of damning reports by the Government Accountability Office, and as Ms. Napolitano attempts to justify to lawmakers a 30 percent budget reduction for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the midst of a raging drug war along the Southwest border.
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