The U.S.-Mexico border fence—are private contractors making billions on a project that won't even work?
In 2006, Congress authorized the Secure Fence Act—a multi-billion dollar plan to build hundreds of miles of fencing along the southern border of the U.S. The plan has been billed as the way to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants and provide security from potential terrorism.
But what was built to fight illegal immigration has turned into a nightmare for many Americans living along the U.S.-Mexico border. The fence, which will cover less than half of the actual border, inexplicably cuts through the middle of some properties, while leaving others untouched. Many question if it can keep people from sneaking in at all.
An even greater worry may be the virtual fence the Obama administration is planning for the remaining 1,300 miles of border, at an estimated cost of nearly $7 billion. The problem? The new technology to complete the virtual fence has not been proven to work in the field.
This week, NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Texas to meet border families who fear losing their property, their safety, and their way of life.
This is an update to our show The Border Fence.
Issue Clash: Illegal Immigration
Activists on both sides of the fence debate illegal immigration in America.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Border Fence Environmental Planning
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Border Security
In the News
The Associated Press: NM ranchers worry that sick cows could cross to US
Democracy Now!: Holes in the Wall: Texas Border Wall Bypassing Wealthy Residents with Bush Admin Ties
FOX News: Supreme Court Rejects Case to Stop U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
NPR: Border Tribe in Midst of Drug Smuggling 'Crisis'
Newsweek: A Fence Can't Stop the Future
The New York Times: Work Under Way on 'Virtual Fence'
The Washington Post: Virtual Fence Gets a Do-Over
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