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WASHINGTON – While only in the test stage, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security wants to set up a number of unmanned checkpoints at remote entry points along the U.S.-Mexican border, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
One such experimental location is at the Big Bend National Park in a remote section of southwest Texas. CBP will be putting high reliance on surveillance technology to check documented travelers with smart passports and documents with embedded computer chips. For this location, the remote center will be linked to the CBP center in El Paso, Texas, where agents will be able to see individuals through a one-way camera and verify credentials.
At the remote site, scanners will automatically read passports with embedded microchips and radio frequency identification devices. While it hasn’t yet been incorporated into the automated systems, CBP intends to introduce facial recognition technology as well, although there are indications that the technology still needs to be improved.
If there are technical breakdowns at this and other remote sites in the future, CBP agents from central command centers will need to be dispatched to handle processing manually. At the Big Bend border crossing location, some 20,000 people are expected in the first year, compared to some 85,000 people who are processed daily in El Paso.
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