Last week, residents of Nogales, Arizona, a border town of about 20,000 people, woke up Look for A huge white airship is stationed in the sky. Even elected officials had no idea the airship was coming. “Should I go?” Mayor Arturo Garino Tell Nogales International. “Did it land here by mistake?”
It turns out that the airship is conduct 24/7 surveillance on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), which launched the spacecraft last Thursday. CBP released Press release A day before the project, he noted that the airship would be “operated and manned by Border Patrol agents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide continuous aerial surveillance of the border.”By the time of the official CBP announcement, some Nogales residents had notice The airship began to expand.
Many residents and local officials worry about the lack of early warning, not to mention the detrimental effects the airship could have on people’s privacy.
“The airship is the Border Patrol,” said Nogales’ city manager Edward Dickey. It “has absolutely nothing to do with the city. In fact, we didn’t know they were going to erect it.”
The docking area of the airship is stationed On a hill near the East Patagonian highway in Nogales, just a quarter of a mile from a residential area.about tethered to a mile Away from the U.S.-Mexico border, residents watching the airship have questions about the airship’s activity. “I don’t know what they’re watching,” said Rafael Lopez, who lives about half a mile from where the airship floats. Tell Nogales International“I don’t know what type of instruments they have there, what they can see.”
Federal immigration authorities have been silent on what the airship was looking at. They are “border activity,“They later statement The craft will not target activities “outside the borders”.capable of providing day and night surveillance, with maximum scope An airship 3,000 feet above the ground is sure to spy on many people.
“I think it’s evidence of a kind of growing police state along the border,” said Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway Tell Nogales International. “It seems strange and dystopian to have such a surveillance platform in an urban center.”
The office of Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), whose constituency includes Nogales, declared in an emailed statement that we “urgently need transparency and oversight of these intrusive border surveillance technologies.”
Nogales are already heavily monitored, with local, state and federal authorities active on the ground.local officials question How this airship would benefit these existing efforts, given that it is stationed in an already closely monitored highway area rather than a remote urban area. Other critics, such as Grijalva, quote research shows express The expansion of border surveillance technology has been accompanied by an increase in the death rate of migrants in transit.Three Tucson researchers famous The increased surveillance “will only shift the migration route to more difficult and remote areas”.