Officials announced in July that Texas would get a second drone to patrol its 1,254-mile border with Mexico. Along with another planned for Arizona, the drone brings CBP's total to six on the Southwest border. The first drone went up in the sky over texas in June.
The newer Texas drone will be based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi alongside the existing one, which also patrolled the Gulf of Mexico. It will fly reconnaissance and drug interdiction missions in support of U.S.Border Patrol and other federal agencies.
The Predator can fly for 20 hours without refueling, extending by many hours the surveillance capability of a helicopter. Flight crews control the planes remotely.
Given the violence across the border in Mexico, perhaps it is only a matter of time before the drones become fully armed-- and fully operational.
Here is a video that gives a good overview of a similar drone program in effect in Arizona, courtesy of Fox News: