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In current events, small teams of Marines are using a host of remote monitors and advanced sensors along the U.S.-Mexico border. This is helping the U.S. Border Patrol to scan the most vulnerable sections of the untamed border. These military units below to specialized units that are known as Ground Sensor Platoons. For more than ten years they have been quietly teaming up with the U.S. Border Patrol to help the agents catch any migrants and drug traffickers who illegally cross into the US from South and Central America.
Even though they are infantry Marines, the choice weapons here for Ground Sensor Platoons are not bullets. The TRSS, or Tactical Remote Sensor System, is a host of re-transmissions devices, cameras, sensors, and monitoring equipment which is used to track all movements. These sensors are so sensitive they can detect how many people might be walking close by, the directing they are traveling, and can also differentiate between various kinds of vehicles. Some are even equipped with day and night imaging, which allows Marines to identify the nature of their target exactly. Like most equipment used by the Marine Corps, the system can also take a beating.
With all of this in mind, the U.S. Border Patrol has an important partner in the Ground Sensor Platoon. Even though some states are withdrawing their National Guard units from this region during President Trump’s crackdown on immigration earlier this summer, the Marines do not show any signs of backing down.
Even though the Marines border patrolling is only observational, their presence in the past has directly raised the ability of the Border Patrol to catch drug traffickers and stop anyone suspected of illegally crossing the border. Because of the realism of these missions that are in terrain that is similar to Afghanistan and Iraq, one former Marine said it is the best possible training for all the dangerous missions these units carry out in enemy territory.
The sensor patrol Marines are given a unique opportunity while working with the Border Patrol to prepare for combat abroad. Marines scan several miles of hills which are hard-scrabbled and valleys as well in heat that is unrelenting and punishes equipment and men alike. The lives of those being tracked, just like in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, depend on their ability to evade the American forces.
These Ground Sensor Platoons developed from a remote sensor program from the Vietnam War-era, whose success during the Khe Sahn battle highlighted how important it is to have early notice of enemy movement. These Platoons have become invaluable during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as American troops struggle to keep control over bigger areas.
The U.S. Border Patrol is generally undermanned and overworked, so the opportunity to use surveillance equipment that is military-grade and operated by Marines frees up more agents from the Border Patrol. This allows them more opportunities to capture undocumented migrants and smugglers moving north. The two groups have conducted joint operations along the whole border length, and many times work in one of the most controversial border sectors where most of the crossing of illegals happens in the Rio Grande Valley.