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Homeland Security nears decision on vitural fence

Homeland Security nears decision on vitural fence
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 8:09pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department is inching
closer to ending a costly, problem-plagued "virtual fence"
ordered by Congress four years ago to help secure the U.S.-Mexico

What was supposed to be a fence of integrated technology to keep
watch on most of the nearly 2,000-mile border has ended up in use
across about 53 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border at a cost of at
least $15 million a mile.

A Homeland Security spokesman says a decision on the project's
future is expected soon. But all indications are that the virtual
fence project is near its end.

The border fence project and its contractor, Boeing, have been
repeatedly criticized for delays and cost overruns.

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