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towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into arizona

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towers and cameras, not a wall, keep migrants from crossing the border into arizona

in the high desert east of this border town, the rolling hills topped with mesquite and paloverde trees are a picture of rugged desolation.but there are flashes of movement: darting between bushes are five migrants who just crossed into arizona, not far from a road where they could hop into a car to continue their journey.advertisementnot one u.s. border patrol agent is within sight. but the group is about to be spotted anyway, and their entry thwarted.from a hilltop tower miles away, a camera scans miles of terrain — providing a clear view for an agent sitting in front of a computer monitor in a darkened control room.the operator swivels the camera to find the group hiding behind a tree. moments later, they give up."that's the last i saw of them," said the operator, whose identity was not disclosed for security reasons. "they ran back into mexico."in the statistical score book of border enforcement, the retreat of the migrants is considered a win — one that did not involve a physical barrier, much less a 30-foot wall.what blocked their path was a surveillance tower brimming with high-technology cameras and radar systems. when the camera focused on the group, a binoculars-wielding smuggler lookout in mexico noticed and by cellphone directed the migrants to evade arrest by returning to mexico.across much of the arizona-mexico border, authorities in recent years have erected 23 so-called integrated fixed towers as part of the latest — and largely unnoticed — attemp...