POSTED: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 10:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
Brownsville City Commissioners voted to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department Of Homeland Security tonight, allowing a border fence to be built temporarily.
City Commissioners say, Brownsville's economic future would be at stake, if they did not enter into this agreement with DHS.
The Department Of Homeland Security says, they're putting up a border fence no matter what.
But, not without offering the city, an alternative plan.
A plan, so the construction of the East Loop Route project would not be affected.
If they did not enter into this agreement, the City of Brownsville would never get the oppportunity to get their land back.
At tonight's meeting City Commissioners voted "yes" to the agreement, in which, a fence will be built, only until the construction of the East Loop project begins.
Once that happens, the fence will come down, the city will get their land back, and a levee will be built.
"The feeling is it's a no win situation, we need it, to find a way to maintain the ability to have our properties taken away from the federal governement reverted back to us."
City Manager, Charlie Cabler says, the East Loop Project is set to begin construction in the next two to three years.
The area of land, we're talking about is between the Gateway and Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridges.
Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada,says he's not in favor of this agreement, because he strongly opposes the building of a border fence, even a temporary one.
City Commissioners say, they don't want a border fence either, but this alternative was their only real option.