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Old 09-07-2008, 06:55 PM
 
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The law ordering the construction of the border wall between parts of the United States and Mexico, including 70 miles in the Rio Grande Valley, mandated that it be finished by Dec. 31.

So far, only two segments of the wall - both in Hidalgo County - have actually been started, and construction on the other five Hidalgo County segments is expected to begin by early next month.

But the status of almost 50 miles worth of fencing in Starr and Cameron counties is still up in the air.

Officials from all three counties have fought hard against the idea of a physical barrier between the two countries for a variety of reasons.

But Hidalgo County officials were the first to try to make lemonade from what they perceived as the lemons the federal government was forcing on the area.

Their plan, pushed by Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas and Godfrey Garza Jr., manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, combines the border fence with a levee to repair the ailing system that would hold back floodwater from a swollen Rio Grande.

Now, it appears more and more that Hidalgo County is the only county in South Texas on track to actually have a barrier built by the end of this year.


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Local: Border wall in Hidalgo County moves forward | county, hidalgo, wall : Brownsville Herald (http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/county_89794___article.html/hidalgo_wall.html - broken link)
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