Predator Drones Now Patrol Half of US-Mexico Border

Since March 2013, US Border Patrol has flown over 10,000 drone missions along the US-Mexico borderThe United States is currently patrolling half of the US-Mexico border with drones, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.

The unmanned aircraft are the same Predator model used for strike operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, only equipped with cameras instead of missiles.

Since its inception in March 2013, so-called change detection operations have conducted close to 10,000 flights along the border. The drones sweep over remote terrain with high definition cameras every three days, capturing images which are then scanned for evidence of human presence — trash, clothes, tire tracks, or even broken twigs.

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