To Build A Fence

The New Republic

You have read:

0 / 8

free articles in the past 30 days.

Already a subscriber?

Log in here

sign up for unlimited access for just $34.97Sign me up

THE VINE APRIL 7, 2008

To Build A Fence

The New York Times reports today on the Sabal Palm Audubon Center in Brownsville, Texas. Thanks to millions of dollars in investment, the center has turned into a mecca for palms, cacti, rare birds, and other species, as well as a major tourist attraction. But there's a problem: Because the center is nestled right along the Rio Grande, there are concerns that the border fence under consideration will run to the north of it, cutting it off from Brownsville. This one of many difficulties presented by the border fence proposal--you can't build a fence in a river and you can't build it on the Mexico side of the river, and in some places it's impractical to build it right on the northern shore of the river. So the federal government is contemplating what looks to most people like a cession of land:

Sabal Palm lives from rumor to rumor, gleaned mostly from Mr. Paz’s
chats with border agents and a proposed map contained in a draft report
by the federal government. There will be a fence along the levee. A
fence along the levee with a gate. A fence along the levee with a gate,
and Sabal Palm will have a key.

None of these eases the concerns
that Anne Brown, the executive director of Audubon Texas, has about
insurance, city services--the sanctuary’s very existence. “Do we check
passports?” she asks. “Since the fence becomes the new border, what are
we? Are we in Mexico?”

--Josh Patashnik

share this article on facebook or twitter

posted in: the vine, person career

print this article

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Show all 13 comments

You must be a subscriber to post comments. Subscribe today.

Back to Top

SHARE HIGHLIGHT

0 CHARACTERS SELECTED

TWEET THIS

POST TO TUMBLR

SHARE ON FACEBOOK