PHOENIX â€” An ambitious, $6.7 billion government project to secure nearly the entire Mexican border with a â€œvirtual fenceâ€ of cameras, ground sensors and radar is in jeopardy after a string of technical glitches and delays.
Having spent $672 million so far with little to show for it, Washington has ordered a reassessment of the whole idea. The outlook became gloomier this week when President Barack Obama proposed cutting $189 million from the venture.
Ultimately, the project could be scaled back dramatically, with the government installing virtual fences along a few segments of the nation’s 2,000-mile southern boundary but dropping plans for any further expansion, officials said.
â€œThe worst that happens is that we have a system which gives us some value but we conclude that it’s not worth buying any more of it,â€ said Mark Borkowski, the government’s director of the project at U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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