Homeland Security Announces High-Tech Border Security Plan

by Jay Gray
NBC News

Agents are going high tech in the struggle to secure the U.S. Border with Mexico.

Officials announced Friday the approval of a 28-mile virtual fence in Arizona equipped with new cameras and radar.

The new controls on the border include new cameras and radar which track illegal crossings and relay positions to federal agents who can close in.

There is also an old-fashioned weapon officials are planning to use in their border battle as well: A 25-percent increase in the two $10,000 fines currently faced by employers who knowingly hire illegals.

It's the first increase in the fine in nearly two decades.

There is also now, the possibility of at least six months behind bars.

"What we are doing is using all of the tools at our disposal to get the maximum leverage for our Border Patrol agents who have a very tough and important job to do," explained Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

"As long as there is a need for workers there is going to be a strong drive to bring them in and that's going to unfortunately fuel illegal activity," he added.