Homeland Security’s drone program has been a waste of money so far according to the department’s inspector general, who on Tuesday told the department to cancel plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars on more of the aircraft.

The department paid more than $12,000 an hour to fly its drones, kept them in the air far less than it had promised, and chiefly used them over just 170 miles of the 1,993-mile border.

Drones were judged to have helped in less than 2 percent of apprehensions of illegal immigrants.

“We see no evidence that the drones contribute to a more secure border,” the inspector general said, telling the department to cancel its $443 million order for more drones.

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