Defense Department Traverses Border, Looking For Areas To Erect Walls

CAMPO, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dusk falls over a section of the US-Mexico border fence which activists opposing illegal immigration hope will be turned into a fully-lit double-fenced barrier between the US (foreground) and... CAMPO, CA - OCTOBER 08: Dusk falls over a section of the US-Mexico border fence which activists opposing illegal immigration hope will be turned into a fully-lit double-fenced barrier between the US (foreground) and Mexico October 8, 2006 near Campo, California. US Fish and Wildlife Service wardens and environmentalists warn that a proposed plan by US lawmakers to construct 700 miles of double fencing along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border, in an attempt to wall-out illegal immigrants, would also harm rare wildlife. Wildlife experts say cactus-pollinating insects would fly around fence lights, birds that migrate by starlight in the desert wilderness would be confused, and large mammals such as jaguars, Mexican wolves, Sonoran pronghorn antelope, and desert bighorn sheep would be blocked from migrating across the international border, from California to Texas. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 29, 2019 8:15 a.m.
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Defense Department officials are scouting areas along the U.S.-Mexico border to erect new border walls, according to a Thursday CNN report.

They reportedly plan to put up 11 miles of fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and 46 miles in the “El Paso sector” which dips into New Mexico and Texas.

The construction could begin as early as May and will be funded by the $1 billion recently transferred from the Pentagon.

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