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CBP designates autonomous surveillance towers along southern border a "program of record"

  1. Date Announced

    July 2, 2020

    CBP announces that Autonomous Surveillance Towers (AST) system, used along the southern border to provide constant surveillance of the area, is a "program of record." This system was previously named "Innovative Towers." CBP will procure and deploy a total of 200 ASTs by 2022, which scan the environment with radar to detect movement, capture images, and analyze imagery to identify items of interest, such as people or vehicles.

    [ID #999]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 2, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Commentary

Congress, Don’t Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a 'Smart Wall'

In 2019, the ACLU asked congressional appropriators to deny CBP funding for the so-called "smart wall," arguing that DHS had a poor track record for privacy protections and effective technology deployment.

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WaPo - Trump administration hires tech firm to build a virtual border wall, an idea Democrats have praised

According to the Washington Post, the "program of record" designation makes the AST system a dedicated line item in DHS's budget.

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