Small Unmanned Aircraft System

Border Patrol Drones Spot Migrants Crossing Border into Texas

Border Patrol agents in South Texas increasingly utilize small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) to detect migrants crossing the border in remote areas. The sUAS pilots direct ground-based agents to the scene of the illegal border crossing and allow agents to be more efficient in covering these areas that are not secured by physical barriers.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents utilize sUAS pilots flying small drones to locate migrants illegally crossing the border in unsecured areas. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)