Past Features

May 22, 2012

Technology - Solving the Sanctuary Problem
Giving the Border Patrol the right to chase down suspects
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- May 22, 2014   
    Yesterday, Barack Obama designated a new national monument in New Mexico consisting of 500,000 acres near the Mexico border. Many, including House Speaker John A. Boehner, warned that such a designation would make border security more difficult by creating a near-sanctuary for smugglers and drug cartels. Obama countered by arguing that US Border Patrol agents could still pursue law breakers.
    According to the Washington Times....
    Obama administration officials say there's no reason to fear the monument will hurt border security. The president's order specifically says the monument will be bound by a 2006 memo between the Interior Department and the Homeland Security Department that grants border agents the ability to conduct hot pursuit of suspects on protected lands...
    The problem with "hot pursuits" is that the suspects would have to be seen entering a protected area before the Border Patrol could pursue them.
    (My home office overlooks the San Pedro River, an area protected by the "hot pursuit" memo. Every few days I watch as the USBP engages in a "hot pursuit" of suspects in the protected riparian area - on foot because they can't drive into the riparian area like they used to. Based on eight years of direct observation, I believe that most of the time the illegal aliens are not spotted before they enter the protected area - so most are never apprehended.)
    With the exception of the area around El Paso, most of the border near the new national monument is protected by nothing more than vehicle barriers. As a result, smugglers and cartel gangsters could slip across the border and into the new sanctuary without being seen.
    There is a way around this. If DHS installed a system we call the Sonic Barrier, (which its inventor calls IDENTISEIS) -- not only at the nearby border, but at the southern boundary of the new national monument, it would give the US Border Patrol the right to engage in a "'hot pursuit' of known, real-time illegal activity," as the memo requires.
    The DHS/CBP is well aware of the capabilities of the Sonic Barrier and what it could do to secure the border and solve the "hot pursuit" problem.
    Let's see what they do to really solve the problem.