Brazil's Ambitious Plan: Erect 10K-Mile Virtual Fence
To keep illegal activities at bay
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 6:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Brazil's border is pretty mammoth (here's a visual reminder), and a growing economy has made illegal activities (chief among them illegal immigration) an equally growing concern. But the country has a plan: a 10,000-mile fence ... except that this one is virtual. For reference, America's southern border is only about 20% as long. The Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras (aka Sisfron) will take a decade and some $13 billion to erect, and as NPR explains, it'll be a mix of satellites, drones, electromagnetic signaling, and an element that sounds fairly corporeal to us: an increased army presence.

The country's border touches that of 10 other countries. The portion touching Bolivia (a major cocaine producer) and Paraguay (which attracts black market items) will be tackled first, and Brazil is currently amassing supplies, reports UPI. But some people are sour on the plan, and with a potentially valid reason: Only about 20% of Brazil's border is, in NPR's word, "accessible," due to the country's rivers, marshland, and Amazon forest.

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Murahu
May 20, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
Illegal invaders are a problem in Brazil and the US. Both nations should learn how to control their borders. An though it failed in many ways, East Germany was the expert nation on border security. Fences, walls, machine guns, and mines, would solve half the problem. Deportation of the 11 million invaders of the US would solve the other half. To protect their citizens from foreign invasion, Germany led the way.
boxcar
May 19, 2013 11:52 PM CDT
Solution to Mexican border is to build 2 parallel fences of upside down T concrete barriers and fill the space in between with radioactive nuclear waste- that way we kill 2 birds with 1 stone Dispose of waste AND illegals
Plato
May 18, 2013 10:36 PM CDT
In as much as our country does not have the scientific and engineering know how to secure our border with Mexico maybe Brazil will show us how it is done.