Drones on the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Department of Homeland Security's unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, program has grown exponentially since its creation just a few years ago. While Congressional allies and DHS herald the success of border drones, critics have questioned the cost and the effectiveness of the program.

Drone makers are the rising stars in the defense industry. Some of the most successful companies making these controversial unmanned vehicles are located in Southern California and elsewhere around the west. And they have big supporters in Washington.
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The Department of Homeland Security now has 10 unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border.