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Congress Won’t Pour More Money into the Border Wall

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The Senate passed the Department of Homeland Security bill today without any additional funding for the border wall. Good move, but it still stinks for the hundreds of landowners in Texas who have the ugly 18-foot tall monstrosity in their backyards. They got caught in the crossfires of bad public policy, i.e. the Secure Fence Act, and now they’re stuck with it.

The nonprofit environmental organization Sierra Club lauded Congress’ decision today not to fund the border boondoggle.

In a previous post I pointed out that the federal Government Accountability Office said Homeland Security can’t determine whether the fence is working. It’s also going to cost us billions to maintain. How about some money from Congress  to take the boondoggle down?

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Melissa is a 2014-15 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.