The governor of Texas is trying to round up a virtual posse to keep on illegal border crossings by immigrants.
Rick Perry's plan calls for spending five (m) million dollars to install hundreds of night-vision cameras on private land along the Mexican border. They would supply live video on the Internet so anyone watching could report it on a toll-free hot line. Perry says the plan is identical to neighborhood watches. But critics say it is a dangerous idea and a waste of money. The head of the Texas Civil Rights Project calls the Perry proposal "half-baked." The plan marks a political about-face for Perry. He's long argued that security along the state's 12-hundred-mile border with Mexico is strictly a federal responsibility.