The original plan of the Secure Border Initiative (SBINet) called for spending $833 million to build a virtual fence — a system of sophisticated sensors, cameras, and other barriers — along 655 miles of U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, New Mexico, and a slice of Texas, at a cost of about $1.2 million per mile; Boeing, the prime contractor, used $800 million to build the system along only 53 miles of border at a cost of $15.1 million per mile; the virtual fence’s technology is now judged a failure……………………………….
A stretch of the fenced border area // Source: zdnet.com
U.S. taxpayers have shelled out at least $15.1 million per mile for fifty-three miles of “virtual fence” built to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, more than twelve times the original estimate.
The federal government set aside $833 million for the fence of cameras, sensors, and other barriers in 2007, and the vast majority of that money, at least $800 million, has been spent on a sliver, in Arizona, of the 1,950-mile southern border. About $20.9 million has been used on the U.S.-Canada border. MOREHERE
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