LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government will have unmanned surveillance aircraft monitoring its whole border with Mexico from Sept. 1, labeling it as a "critical step" in ensuring its border safety, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.
She made a statement during a conference call, saying that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection would begin flying a Predator B drone Wednesday out of Corpus Christi, Texas, extending the reach of the agency's unmanned surveillance aircraft across nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 km).
Illegal immigration and security along border with Mexico has become a hot topic, as elections of Congress are expected on Nov. 2.
"With the deployment of the Predator in Texas, we will now be able to cover the southwest border from the El Centro sector in California all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, providing critical aerial surveillance assistance to personnel on the ground." Napolitano added.
The border area has been plagued with drug-trafficking activities. In recent months, there has been a rise in drug-trafficking related violence causing scores of casualties.