Over the past 3 years, border security has emerged as a top priority for DHS. In fact, over the past year, DHS has deployed an unprecedented level of personnel, technology, and resources to protect and secure our nation’s border. In FY20, DHS will invest upwards of $2 Billion out of a total budget of $49.7B into border security solutions. In addition, though Congress rejected the $5B requested to build a border wall in the FY20 Budget Request, the U.S. Supreme Court approved the administration’s request to divert $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s Defense Budget to fund a border wall. Though this amount only adds up to about half the amount needed to complete the wall, construction of a 40 mile bollard wall along Arizona’s southern border is expected to commence in October.
However, smart, effective border management extends beyond the building of walls. The following infographic breaks down and highlights the cutting-edge border security solutions and programs DHS will be investing in over the course of FY20. Find out how these assets will support DHS’s broader mission of securing our borders from bad actors without sacrificing human dignity or hindering free, legal trade.
The world has become a very connected place over the past 50 years, and this change has led to an unprecedented era of economic growth and prosperity. However, the accessibility of international travel also enables the rapid spread of pathogens from country to country.
However, the rapid onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for controls at the border. Travelers quickly carried the virus to practically every corner of the globe, and many governments were forced to shut down borders in order to contain the outbreak. Despite early restrictions on travel, the U.S. still found itself in the grips of a nationwide pandemic. Now, border authorities are scrambling to respond to the crisis. Governments need to identify infected individuals at the border and take proper steps to contain them. Otherwise, hotspots will continue to crop up throughout the country.
The crisis has put tremendous pressure on government resources, but technology is helping overworked border authorities shoulder some of the burdens. Innovative technology enables security forces to deploy resources more efficiently and, most importantly, perform their duties with greater effectiveness.
On this article, learn about the latest technologies CBP, DHS and other federal agencies are using to halt the spread of Coronavirus at the border such as: