October 16, 2021

How Donald Trump’s name wound up on a plane flying over the Mexican border

SEIDARM Makes the Washington PostYears ago, an engineer named Glenn Spencer bought a little compound on the U.S.-Mexico border from an Arizona farmer who was tired of the drug cartels’ shoot-outs spilling onto his land. It became the home base of American Border Patrol, a company that would develop radars, seismic sensors, and drones to police the border — a job Americans weren’t doing, to coin a phrase.

Spencer, like so many immigration hawks, suffered through years of political disappointment, until he finally found salvation in Donald Trump. For the first time since 1996, he thought, a credible candidate for the presidency was talking about the threats coming across the border. Last month, Spencer appeared on former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth’s NewsMax show and invited Trump to personally watch the test of his new triple-threat radar/sonar/seismic detection tech, designed to catch anything unusual crossing the border. It could supplement the border fence that obviously, also, needed to be built.

“Those that will come can see firsthand the type of technology that is needed to see if the border is secure,” said Spencer. Glenn Spencer —