Private border-fence scheme surprises U.S. town


We Build the Wall’s fence in Sunland Park, N.M. (Photo by Robert Chessey)

The controversial construction of an 18-foot-tall, half-mile-long fence on the outskirts of the U.S.-Mexican border town of Sunland Park, New Mexico, has stoked political tension, no doubt as intended, but also has raised environmental questions. The barrier was built on private and public land only feet from the Mexican border by We Build the Wall, Inc., a Florida-based organization associated with two high-profile supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump—former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and ex-Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon. Illuminated and visible from nearby El Paso, Texas, the fence snakes from the Rio Grande up Mt. Cristo Rey, site of a much-visited statue of Jesus and a historic marker where the states of Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua meet. Construction of the fence, which is outfitted with cameras, sensors and a paved road for possible U.S. Border... [Log in to read more]

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