While the United States is using surveillance drones to patrol its border with Mexico, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas will not confirm if the drones are being used to keep watch on Mexico, say published reports.
The San Antonio Express-News asked Rep. Henry Cuellar, D, if the cameras on the remotely piloted planes are focused on not only the border, but also south of the border into Mexico. Cuellar response was, "Officially, no. I will leave it at that."
Cuellar, chairman of a House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counter-terrorism, strongly urged for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to use Predator B drones to place the area from Big Bend National Park to the Gulf of Mexico under surveillance, and he hinted that surveillance of Mexico was an option.
"When they are flying at 19,000 feet and have those highly sophisticated cameras, all they have to do is shift it slightly and you can see into Mexico," he said. The drones are capable of capturing images—including the colors of people's clothing—from five miles away and four miles high.
However, the U.S. government has not received any requests from the Mexican government to turn the drones’ cameras on Mexico, an official says. "We have not received any direct requests by the government of Mexico to keep an eye on their territory," said Gina Gray, a CBP spokeswoman.