Cheaper alternative to border wall deserves consideration - Tucson News Now

Cheaper alternative to border wall deserves consideration

(Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)

While politicians bicker over what to do about border security, and whether we should build a wall, one man from outside the bureaucratic beltway in Washington says he has a solution.

KOLD News 13 was the first to tell you about "SEIDARM" (side-arm), a system that tracks activity along the border. We introduced you to Glenn Spencer, the man who developed it. It can detect animals, low-flying aircraft, and people. And the system can tell the difference between all three. It can signal the Border Patrol and launch a drone to get video of the people coming close to the line.

Mr. Spencer has already shown it to lawmakers, and he says a line for his system could be set up in two months between El Paso and San Diego at a cost of about $100,000 a mile. We calculate the cost at around $70 million. That's a lot of money. But THINK ABOUT IT -- it's a lot less expensive than other proposals. If it truly works as well as it promises, we think this system deserves some serious consideration. It's certainly more feasible than a building a wall.


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