Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Drones Offer Bird's-Eye View of Border Crime.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

The proposed use of aerial drones to patrol U.S. borders for illegal immigration, drug trafficking and terrorist infiltration raises interesting arguments.

The unmanned drones, which proved their military value in Afghanistan and Iraq, can monitor vast areas at a much lower cost than can the best equipped Border Patrol agent.

Potential peacetime uses for the camera- and communications-equipped drones include spotting illegal border crossers, tracking drug smuggling activities and initiating the rescue of people who become stranded in the desert.

Another plus would be realized if, as Sen. Pete Domenici proposes, drone activities were based in New Mexico. …

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