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CBP Is Expanding Its Surveillance Tower Program at the U.S.-Mexico Border–And EFF Is Mapping It

March 21, 2023 (1 min read)

Dave Maass, EFF, Mar. 20, 2023

"To provide researchers with the tools they need to analyze the impact of U.S. border security policy, EFF is releasing a new map and dataset of more than 290 surveillance towers installed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the border with Mexico. Compiled using public records, satellite imagery, road trips, and even exploration in virtual reality, EFF's data serves as a living snapshot of the so-called "virtual wall," from the California coast to the lower tip of Texas. We've also included roughly 50 locations CBP has proposed for its next round of towers, as well as automated license plate readers (ALPRs) placed at Border Patrol checkpoints."