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March 18th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

$1.1 billion virtual border fence scrapped

(CNN) – The virtual border fence that cost over a billion dollars has been canned. The House Committee on Homeland Security called it a "grave and expensive disappointment."

The program was designed to use cameras, radar, and sensors to stop illegal crossings. A government review found it wasn't tested properly, froze the funding, and now $50 million is being moved to other projects.

On Thursday's American Morning, we spoke exclusively to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the fence and her push for international airport security.

Filed under: Homeland Security
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  1. jim vicalvi

    If there wasn't some kind of a performance contract for this job, the person who authorized this project should have their bank accounts checked. As a taxpayer I am getting tired of these lucrative contracts that have empty promises.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  2. Mark L.

    You gotta be kidding me! Illegal immigration is THE biggest issue with our economy, health care, and criminal activity in the United States of America today. If we can send all illegal aliens back to their home countries to wait their turn in line for proper legal immigration, we could put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. We would save tax payer money for schooling, and lower costs for medical expenses caused by illegals needing medical attention and not paying for it. Most of the problems in our society can be cured by the removal of illegal aliens from our country.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am |