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Drones on the Border -- But Are They Effective?

Posted: May 03, 2012


The Department of Homeland Security's use of nine domestic surveillance drones along the U.S. border has been costly and ineffective in stopping contraband or undocumented immigrants, according to a report by the L.A. Times. DHS has spent more than $250 million building the drones over the last six years. DHS's inspector general released a draft audit of the program in April that found the border droners cost more than expected, required an hour of maintenance for every hour they fly, and are often grounded as a result of weather conditions.



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