Politicians in Texas are divided when it comes to using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to patrol the Mexican border. Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration selected Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as one of six test site operators for UAV research and development.
Some state politicians believe UAVs could deter illegal immigration or drug smuggling, while others are wary of accidents and unwarranted searches, according to an article by the Texas Tribune.
For instance, ‘U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, has advocated for additional drone use on the border as an alternative to fencing.’
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, however, is concerned about civil liberties and ‘will support legislation that requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before they are allowed to use a drone for surveillance.’
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