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Sunday, June 13, 2010
US government deploys drones to patrol US-Mexican border
Unarmed Predator B drones, the same unmanned aircraft used by the CIA for targeted killings in the Middle East, began patrolling the US-Mexico border between Arizona and southwestern Texas this week.
Top lawmakers from Texas and Arizona, several of whom have recently received campaign contributions from drone makers, have asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve drone flights over the entire Texas border despite recent reports that the border is the safest it's been in years.
The announcement came amid rising tensions in the region, where US Border Patrol officers have killed two Mexican citizens in as many weeks, including a teenage boy who was shot after throwing rocks.