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President Barack Obama’s administration plans to pull the plug on the troubled “virtual fence” that was meant to better guard stretches of the U.S. border with Mexico, a senior U.S. lawmaker said on Friday.

The project, being run by Boeing Co, has cost approximately $1 billion so far and was meant to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to detect smugglers trying to cross the porous border.

“The SBInet program has been a grave and expensive disappointment since its inception,” Representative Bennie Thompson, the senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement, which noted that the Department of Homeland Security was ending the project.

A DHS spokesman had no immediate comment.

Source: Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Chris Wilson for Reuters.

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