Unmanned Border Crossing Proposed Between Texas & Mexico

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As if it is not easy enough for Mexicans to illegal cross the border into the United States the federal government has proposed a new, unmanned border entry in West Texas.  From Fox News:

The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence.

This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade.

But don’t worry, the government has not completely thrown caution to the wind.  They do have a plan to track people who use this unmanned border crossing:

By the spring, kiosks could open up in Big Bend National Park allowing people from the tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen to scan their identity documents and talk to a customs officer in another location, at least 100 miles away…

Customs and Border Protection, which would run the port of entry, says the proposal is a safe way to allow access to the town’s residents, who currently must travel 240 road miles to the nearest legal entry point. It also would allow park visitors to visit the town.

If the crossing is approved, Border Patrol would have eight agents living in the park in addition to the park’s 23 law enforcement rangers.

“I think it’s actually going to end up making security better,” CBP spokesman William Brooks said.

“Once you’ve crossed you’re still not anywhere. You’ve got a long ways to go and we’ve got agents who are in the area. We have agents who patrol. We have checkpoints on the paved roads leading away from the park.”

The Blaze posted the map location of the planned unmanned crossing:

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It gets even better.  The project is estimated to cost taxpayers $2.3 million to complete.  It’s a good think we are not $15 trillion in debt.  Wait…