US adds cameras at Mexico border despite drop in crossings

  • In this April 4, 2019 photo, provided by the U.S. Army, a mobile surveillance camera system manned by soldiers monitors a sector near the Presidio Border Patrol Station at Presidio, Texas. The Trump administration has been quietly adding military surveillance cameras at the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic despite the fact fewer people appear to be crossing illegally. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Department of Defense at the request of the Department of Homeland Security sent 60 mobile surveillance cameras in addition to 540 more troops to the southwest border this month. (Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf/U.S. Army via AP)

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has been quietly adding military surveillance cameras at the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the coronavirus pandemic, though fewer people appear to be crossing illegally. It’s the latest move as operations at the U.S.-Mexico border have become increasingly militarized and secretive.

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