Friday, August 19, 2022

U.S. Tests Robotic Patrol Dogs on Mexican Border; Generates Outcry

The U.S. is testing unarmed robotic patrol dogs along the Mexican border that could provide reinforcement for border guards.  This has attracted criticism from domestic rights groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as a “civil liberties disaster.”

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said that its research and development had offered border guards a “helping hand” to work to “force-multiply” patrols.

The DHS, stated that, “due to the demands of the region, adding quadruped mechanical reinforcements is a smart use of resources.”

The robots are being tested in El Paso, Texas and results suggest bulky metal robots could be used “as cover” for border guards.

For some time, border patrol agents operating along the Mexican border have been accused of misconduct and mistreatment of migrants. The Biden Administration has been criticized by refugee advocates for the increasing number of immigrants being held at private detention facilities.

The ACLU stated, “the government must retract this dangerous proposal, and the Biden administration must put the brakes on our country’s slide into an anti-immigrant dystopia.”

The Guardian