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The Dept. of Homeland Security inspector general says that the high-tech ?virtual fence? on the Mexican border is likely to cost not $2 billion but as much as $30 billion, The Washington Post reports.

The problem with the plan to deploy sensors, cameras and drones is likely to suffer runaway costs because the project doesn?t have defined objectives and contracting staff is overstretched.

Immigration-policy experts said the red flags raised over the border-security initiative could increase pressure on Congress to act on other measures they say are needed, such as stepping up enforcement against U.S. employers who hire illegal workers, cracking down on immigrants who overstay their visas, and overhauling legal immigration channels.

?If it?s going to cost 8 to 30 billion dollars,? asked Deborah W. Meyers, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, ?. . . is that really the most effective way of achieving the policy goal??

Government efforts to deploy technology to watch the border don?t exactly have a great track record and a Democratic House will be particularly leery.

3 Responses to “DHS Secure Border Cost Could Hit $30 Billion”
  1. Vincent Narodnik says:

    WAIT
    We didnt order a “Virtual Fence”
    We ordered a Fence
    You know, a real fence.
    Arlen Specter made sure that the American People meant “Virtual Fence” when we forced congress to build it*.
    Sent the paperwork over to his buddies at Boeing**
    So far all we got is an origami fence, built mostly out of twisted words
    and mangled Trust
    Great legacy there Arlen

    Every day that ticks by I am more inclined to hope that (ahem) COME THE DAY, the real fence that we want will be built by convict labor. CONGRESSIONAL convict labor. Them and every single accomplice to this crime. For however long it takes.

    *Arlen Specter is skillful with orchestrated deception. He is the chief author of the ’single bullet theory’ of the Warren Report.

    **Though it seems as though he might have oozed out of a shoe polish factory in Scranton, Specter was actually born in Wichita KS, Home also of Boeing.

  2. jo says:

    ?If it?s going to cost 8 to 30 billion dollars,? asked Deborah W. Meyers, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, ?. . . is that really the most effective way of achieving the policy goal??

    this new math is really awesome. can you see someone coming to your house to give you an estmate on your roof. “well, that gonna cost between 30 and 900 thousand dollars. yeah, right.

    i need to bid on something, anything at the fed., afterall, i know i have a lot of invisible…oops….virtual stuff about the house, no problem.

    i tell ya, they get this shit right out of 1984, in that story they keep claiming they had a record production year in shit like shoes, yet the people had no new shoes. let’s deport all these criminal bastard to a remote island, in a remote part of the globe, with no means of getting off. we can sent them lots of virtual things to get them happy, or we can just tell them that they are happy.

  3. Eddie B. says:

    New Math 1984:

    2+2-5. Beat all dissenters until full agreement.

    I hear ya Jo.

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