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Life Along the Border Wall

 

In 2008, the Observer’s Melissa del Bosque began investigating the impact of the Secure Fence Act on border communities in Texas. The legislation passed in 2006 mandated that 700 miles of fence be built along the southern border. In Texas hundreds of landowners began receiving condemnation notices in late 2007 from the U.S. government. In most cases landowners were offered minimal compensation for the loss of their land. Melissa discovered that a consortium of private contractors led by Boeing Co. had received a multibillion-dollar contract to build fences, vehicle barriers and surveillance systems under the Secure Fence Act. The private contractors had also been tasked with outreach to the communities. Melissa found that lower-income landowners were more likely to receive fencing on their properties than wealthier, politically connected landowners.

Features

Border Communities Living in Limbo While Congress Dithers

Life Along the Border Wall   In 2008, the Observer’s Melissa del Bosque began investigating the impact of the Secure Fence Act on border communities […]

Border Residents Disappointed by Fence Provision in New Immigration Reform Bill

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released their comprehensive immigration reform bill late Tuesday. It’s thrilling to finally see a reform bill which looks like it has some momentum come out of Congress—until you see the first section devoted to border security, which is like a kick in the gut for border communities.

New Border Walls Designed to Flood Texas Towns

Life Along the Border Wall   In 2008, the Observer’s Melissa del Bosque began investigating the impact of the Secure Fence Act on border communities […]

Homeland Security Issues – Secret’ Pass Codes for U.S. Landowners

Life Along the Border Wall   In 2008, the Observer’s Melissa del Bosque began investigating the impact of the Secure Fence Act on border communities […]

Opposing the Border Wall

Life Along the Border Wall   In 2008, the Observer’s Melissa del Bosque began investigating the impact of the Secure Fence Act on border communities […]