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Local nonprofits address residents' concerns over border wall

As the president continues to push for a border wall, dozens of Starr County residents voiced their concerns regarding the wall's construction during a community forum in Roma.

As the president continues to push for a border wall, dozens of Starr County residents voiced their concerns regarding the wall's construction during a community forum in Roma Tuesday night.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's plans for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall in Starr County were outlined in a letter that nonprofit organizations like LUPE received in August.

"There are 32 miles of border walls that are being proposed to be constructed in parts of Rio Grande City, Roma and La Grulla. These are communities that can be impacted drastically by these walls,” said La Union del Pueblo Entero communications coordinator John Michael Torres.

The border walls would be made of eight-inch-wide steel bollards spaced four inches apart and would stand 20 to 30 feet tall. Co-chairman for the Sierra Club Borderlands Team, Scott Nicol, says this would be taller than any existing wall.

"They would be in the floodplain,” Nicol said. “There’s no levees like there are in Hidalgo County and so that could dam up water that normally would flow into the river during a big rain event, that could deflect water into Mexico. There's all kinds of flooding impacts that walls in a floodplain could have, which is why they are a treaty violation.”

Nonprofit organizations invite anyone opposing a border wall to voice their concerns by sending CBP public comment by Oct. 20.


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