U.S. and Mexican government officials have reportedly discussed building a security system for Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and Belize.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that unidentified officials say the high-tech border security system would be set up to stop drug and human trafficking.
The Mexican government, which often criticizes the U.S. for tightening its southern border, wants three security cordons built.
If true, Mexico's new border would partly be funded by the Merida Initiative, which is an agreement between the United States, Mexico and the countries of Central America.
Hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars fund the Merida Initiative, which means Americans would be paying for this new border that would include electronic sensors and other security measures.
When asked about the proposed border, U.S. and Mexican governments had no comment.
However, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) told the Washington Free Beacon: “We need to take care of the United States first when it comes to border security. The United States seems to be very concerned about protecting the border of other nations and needs to be more concerned about protecting our own border. We should be spending funds on border security and national security in the United States.”
Source: Washington Free Beacon