At Border Security Expo, Trump's Border Wall Plans Had Constructors Drooling
Sensors, scanners and surveillance companies outfitted their best products at annual gathering in Texas.
With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is a clear business opportunity for all these companies that participated in the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation’s borders.
“We’ve been working for years to break in with Border Patrol,” said Tony Chiarulli, technical director of New Jersey-based L3 Communication Systems, in the Statesman, Chiarulli was at the expo hoping to sell its unattended ground sensors. Such sensors are big business inside the Border Patrol, but Chiarulli said the agency hasn’t had funding in previous years for upgrades.
Chiarulli and most of the other vendors gathered at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center have little worry that they will be squeezed out by Trump’s planned border wall. While initial Department of Homeland Security plans called for enough new wall to effectively seal the entire border, in recent days administration officials have scaled back wall plans, especially in Texas, where the natural border of the Rio Grande greatly complicates wall building.
The three-day event concluded yesterday with a demonstration day and shooting contest involving “clearing a simulated building of bad guys” and “looking for well armed coyotes along the trail”, as reported in The Guardian.