Associated Press
March 3, 2008

McCain calls virtual border fence in Arizona a ‘disgrace’

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday that a high-tech “virtual fence” meant to secure Arizona’s porous border against illegal immigration is a “disgrace.”

“And all of us who know the need to secure the border are very disappointed,” he told reporters in Phoenix. “It’s so disappointing when Americans – one of their highest priorities is to secure our borders – that we have a major corporation that gets a major contract and it turns into be a failed effort.”

The virtual fence near Sasabe is part of a national plan to secure the U.S.-Mexico border with physical barriers and high-tech detection capabilities.

McCain said fence contractor Boeing Corp. did not consult with states, the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies as it spent money on the 28-mile array of radars and surveillance cameras.

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