Perry Finds $3 Million for Border Cameras

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry has found $3 million in federal grants to install about 200 mobile cameras along the Texas-Mexico border.

A spokeswoman for Perry says that with the new funding, Perry's proposal to broadcast live video footage from the border over the Internet should be up and running again by January.

The cameras were pitched during Perry's 2006 re-election campaign as a way for anyone via the Internet to become a border patroller and help root out border crime and illegal crossings.

A $200,000 test run that lasted about a month last year led authorities to ten undocumented immigrants, one drug deal and one human smuggling route.

But earlier this year, lawmakers rejected Perry's request for $5 million to restart the program and add more cameras.

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