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The US Border Patrol is changing its tactics to what did you hear this.
The agency is now planning to focus more on people who keep trying to get across the border repeat offenders.
And officials say they're also going to rely much more heavily on all together now.
To catch illegal immigrants and stop drug trafficking.
Right now the Border Patrol has nine predator drones they report in different locations officials planned to nearly triple that number they say in the next few years.
And as they eventually they'll be able to put a drone anywhere in the country within three hours.
Trace Gallagher tracking developments from West Coast news of explain that this the change in strategy here -- Well instead of building more offensive ship but -- surveillance cameras and sensors along the border -- the new focus would be to -- -- those -- -- those weak spots if you -- as using -- you said along with helicopters in the sky as well as mobile surveillance units on the ground now we're not talking about just going after illegals.
But to stop the cartels from digging tunnels beneath the border.
Flying their drugs overhead and light planes or using submarines.
To cross the border.
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To enable Border Patrol agents to get ahead of the threat.
Those drones we talked about over the past six years have been helpful in capturing some 7500.
Suspects -- the theory is if you triple the number of drones -- that.
Number of captured suspects will also rise dramatically -- what what about the focus on repeat offenders on the border -- Well I mean up to now really has been a revolving door right we capture illegals and -- they haven't committed a felony -- then send them back in now what they're gonna do is they're gonna categorize them in seven different categories first offenders in children would likely quickly be sent back but repeat offenders would be held and investigated to find out.
Why they keep coming back into the United States and then they'd be punished.
The goal here is to build better profiles of drug smugglers criminals and potential terrorists.
What we're doing now is taking a look at those apprehensions.
Only at -- as a start point to really delved down to really understand the rate of recidivism the -- -- re apprehension.
In different locations and doing the -- it is to make sure that we're having a better sense of what is actually happening.
Not just independently trying to evaluate on whether the apprehensions -- up where they went down.
Of course the critics wonder where in the world you're gonna put all those illegal immigrants while you're investigating them because.
Jail space is that a premium across this country -- Trace Gallagher live in Los Angeles -- the Second Amendment refer.
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