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Customs and Border Protection receives federal funding to keep UAS facility in Grand Forks

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Grand Forks Herald file photo from Feb. 21, 2015 of Max Raterman, Director of Air Operations, Office of Air and Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, inspecting one of two MQ9 Predator B that the agency uses to patrol the borders and assist local law enforcement. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

GRAND FORKS, N.D.  — Security is beefing up on the northern border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection have received 8 million dollars in federal funding to keep its UAS facility in Grand Forks.

However, it is still up in the air whether they will stay at the Grand Forks Air Force Base or move over to Grand Sky. 

Some think that keeping the facility in Grand Forks rather than moving it will allow for better security along the northern border.

Customs and Border Protection monitors 900 miles of border locally, from the Great Lakes to Montana.

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