Federal Officials Propose Unmanned Mexican Border Crossing

I couldn’t make this crap up if I tried. The AP reports today that federal officials are proposing to put in an unmanned Mexican border crossing. They say it will improve security you see, because agents will be monitoring things from 100 miles away. What could go wrong?

The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence.

This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade.

By the spring, kiosks could open up in Big Bend National Park allowing people from the tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen to scan their identity documents and talk to a customs officer in another location, at least 100 miles away.

The crossing, which would be the nation’s first such port of entry with Mexico, has sparked opposition from some who see it as counterintuitive in these days of heightened border security.  (Read More)

“Counterintuitive?” That’s a nice way of putting it.

Update: Scared Monkeys linked – thanks!

Update 2: Image courtesy of Bones.

Update 3: Say Anything linked – thanks!