The governor of Texas has unveiled plans to place hundreds of CCTV cameras along the US-Mexico border so internet users can “patrol” the frontier from their homes.
Rick Perry said that the surveillance cameras along the Rio Grande would allow armchair border guards to view streamed video online and call a toll-free number and report any illegal immigrants they spot trying to enter the country.
Texas authorities could then take whatever action they deemed appropriate.
“A stronger border is what Americans want and it’s what our security demands and that is what Texas is going to deliver,” Mr Perry told a gathering of sheriffs from border counties.
“I look at this as not different from the neighbourhood watches we have had in our communities for years and years.”