City Commissioners and DHS in Negotiations on Border Fence
POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2009 - 8:36am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:54am
Brownsville City Commissioners have been in negotiations with the Department of Homeland Security for 18 months to stop the construction of a border fence.
Ninety percent of the border fence is already built and the fifteen to eighteen foot steel fence is slated to go up in Brownsville in three weeks. Even though Brownsville City Commissioners don't want the fence here in Cameron county, they say, the Department of Homeland Security is now offering them an option.
The agreement consists of building the fence, but allowing some parts to be a virtual fence so city planned projects can see the light of day. Commissioners say, many development projects like the east loop, the I-69 corridor, as well as other downtown projects have been in the works for years, but with a fence up, they say development will stall.
The city will vote whether to sign this agreement with the Department of Homeland Security next Thursday. Opinions from the public are welcomed and the meeting starts at 6pm at city hall.City Co