Texas' Republican Governor has proposed a way for the average citizen to help the money-strapped Border Patrol monitor the southern border. Another great idea! If you have any great novel ideas proposed by Liberal politicians, please share them with me!

Dateline: June 1, 2006

Texas governor plans "virtual" border patrol

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled plans on Thursday to place hundreds of surveillance cameras along the Rio Grande and stream the images to the Internet so computer users everywhere can help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking to a gathering of sheriffs from border counties, Perry said virtual border patrollers spotting illegal immigrants would be able to call a toll-free phone number to report them to Texas authorities.

"A stronger border is what Americans want and it's what our security demands and that is what Texas is going to deliver," he said.

The cameras, which would cost $5 million to install along the state's 1,000-mile border with Mexico, will be trained on "criminal hot spots and common routes used to enter this country," he said.

The proposal by Perry, a Republican running for re-election in November, comes amid a right-wing-led campaign against illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Perry did not say when the cameras would be put in place.

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