Border Wall Negotiations Will Continue

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:37pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

There was no decision made because apparently the new DHS administration was not aware of the ultimatum Brownsville was given by the former administration of either agreeing to build a temporary or permanent fence.

“We’re having a big outcry from the commissioners, the mayor and the commission is unanimous in saying we don't want a fence.”

The entire commission has been against the border wall since the beginning, but when DHS ordered an ultimatum, City Manager, Charlie Cabler, says a decision had to be made. The special meeting was scheduled to decide whether they would agree on the temporary fence, a fence that would be removed once the city's future projects start.

Projects such as the East Loop and the re-development of the city's downtown with a river walk, something city leaders say would add commerce and boost tourism in the area.

However, nothing was decided. The commission received a letter from U.S. Congressman, Solomon Ortiz, stating that Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, did not know about such plan. With this news, the city commission is now requesting to meet with the secretary and negotiate other options.

But Mayor Pat Ahumada, who has been a vocal opponent of the border fence, wants the commission to fight until the end. He doesn't believe in any type fence whether it's temporary or not.

The city will now set up meetings with the new administration and try to come to an agreement regarding the construction of the infamous border wall.

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