CQ Homeland Security: Support for Virtual Fence Collapsing as Quickly as Expectations, Officials Say

If the Southwest border surveillance technology initiative known as SBInet still has any wholehearted defenders, they didn’t speak up Thursday during a joint House subcommittee hearing to evaluate the current state of the program.

“We suffer from two fundamental flaws: One is we need to become convinced that the program we’ve designed is actually even viable,” said Mark Borkowski, the executive director of Customs and Border Protection’s Secure Border Initiative. “The second is we need to become convinced that even if it is viable, that it’s the right way to spend money.”