Guns, Drones, and Night Vision: Where Trump’s Border Patrol Goes …

For companies selling surveillance drones, night-vision cameras, and high-fidelity communications equipment, the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency appear to offer a big-league opportunity. These are the tools of the border-security trade, and at the industry’s annual trade show this month, there was good reason to expect a dramatic increase in sales.

First, Trump campaigned on the promise to spend billions of dollars erecting a concrete wall along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. After taking office, the new president proposed a federal budget that would cut spending on at least 80 programs—everything from childhood literacy to subsidies helping low-income households pay for heat—to increase funding for defense agencies.

Trump’s 2018 budget proposal requests $44 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 6.8 percent increase from the previous year. That includes $3 billion in additional funding for Customs and Border Protection, according to ... read more at: