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Virtual border control in Texas

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In a security programme, Texas has started broadcasting live images of the U.S. border on the Internet.

The security programme asks the public to report signs of illegal immigration or drug crimes. A test website went live last week at texasborderwatch.com with views from eight cameras and ways for viewers to e-Mail reports of suspicious activity. Cameras will operate at hot spots for illegal activity, such as Amistad Reservoir in Del Rio and Falcon Lake in Zapata, and other active border areas such as highway rest stops and inspection stations. Information mailed by viewers goes to the state's operations centre and local law enforcement in that area.This project will eventually grow to include at least 70 cameras throughout South Texas, some with zoom lens and thermal capacity. $5 million in federal security grants is being used in Texas which have been earmarked for the web camera programme.

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