S.744 Immigration bill - Sec. 1106: EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

    (a) Enhancements- The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, working through U.S. Border Patrol, shall--

      (1) deploy additional mobile, video, and agent-portable surveillance systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Southwest Border region as necessary to provide 24-hour operation and surveillance;

      (2) operate unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles along the Southern border for 24 hours per day and for 7 days per week;

      (3) deploy unarmed additional fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters along the Southern border;

      (4) acquire new rotocraft and make upgrades to the existing helicopter fleet; and

      (5) increase horse patrols in the Southwest Border region.

    (b) Authorization of Appropriations- In addition to amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated, there is authorized to be appropriated to U.S. Customs and Border Protection such sums as may be necessary to carry out subsection (a) during fiscal years 2014 through 2018.