U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityBureau of Customs and Border ProtectionPF225 Operational Justification
Report Date: 01/18/2008
Project Fence 225 is a Department of Homeland Security initiative designed to providetactical infrastructure and technology deployment supplemented by a mobile lawenforcement presence. The deployment of the tactical infrastructure will enhance border security and prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons of mass effect while atthe same time impacting upon human trafficking and narcotics organizations’ ability tooperate along our Nation’s border.Project Fence 225 will augment current station resources along with future technologiesdeployed via the SBI
program in targeted areas to achieve operational control of thenation’s northern and southern borders. The deployment of the tactical infrastructure isgeared toward disrupting identified routes of ingress into the United States that areutilized by smugglers and potential terrorists, providing RGV Sector the means toformulate pre-emptive strategies to address these incursions through the deployment andintegration of tactical infrastructure, technology and personnel.RGV border stations have identified several significant areas where a border securityfence will assist with achieving the mission of the border patrol. These projects areknown as RGV Sector Projects O-1 through O-21. These areas have been selected for the placement of a fence based on the operational necessity in each particular area. Eachselected area has geographic characteristics requiring an actual physical barrier inconjunction with the appropriate mix of personnel and detection technology.
PF 225 is designed to provide for additional tactical infrastructure deployment (border fencing), to enhance current law enforcement patrols, and to coordinate governmentenforcement assets and to address the high volume of illicit trafficking activities in andaround the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector. This deployment of tactical infrastructurewill target high traffic areas in order to enhance the probability of apprehension of terrorists, weapons of mass effect (WME), Aliens from Special Interest Countries(ASIC), Other Than Mexican (OTM), Undocumented Migrants (UDM), HumanTrafficking Organizations (HTO) and Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) fromentering illegally through the RGV Area of Responsibility.