Border Security Expo showcases high-tech wares

PHOENIX (AP) — The eighth annual Border Security Expo continues in Phoenix with keynote speeches from top government officials, including U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher.

The expo began Tuesday and runs through Wednesday at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Along with panel discussions about port of entry operations and sharing intelligence, the expo features exhibitors displaying high-tech wares from shock-proof clothing to drones, bulletproof vehicles and mobile surveillance systems, with companies hoping to secure lucrative government contracts.

The event's organizers say its aim is to bring law enforcement and policymakers together with industry leaders to discuss technological advances and share ideas about border security.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told a crowd he hopes to work toward more transparency within the agency amid outcry from critics about lack of oversight.

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