Rio Grande City CISD allows government to survey its land for border wall
There have been more than 240 right of entry requests throughout Hidalgo and Starr counties, including school districts.
Rio Grande City CISD has allowed the federal government to check out their property to see if a border wall would be suited for that area.
Border Patrol say they plan to conduct real estate, environmental and other tests to see which properties can withstand to infrastructure of the wall.
The time frame is around 18 months, which means for more than a year and a half, many residents who live and work along the border may have agents and government officials on their property.
Congressman Henry Cuellar tells CBS 4 Valley USCBP is planning for 25 miles of border fencing in Hidalgo County and eight miles in Starr County.
The wall will cost about $21 million per mile of border fence. Cuellar thinks there are better ways to stop undocumented immigrants from illegally entering the borders, saying money could be used elsewhere.
“This wall is just a 14th century solution to a 21st century issue. It’s a promise that the president has been making, that’s just a campaign promise that has been so costly and so inefficient and ineffective in securing the border,” said Cuellar. “Instead the funds should go to Border Patrol and they can spend the resources hiring more agents and of technology to secure the borders.”
Some Starr County residents agree its not needed.
“They’re full of bologna if they’re going to take it like that and I know that the wall if they’re in need they’re in need they’re gonna cross it over under or whatever,” said Victor Ramirez who owns 5 acres in Roma.
At least 200 people have already received letters from the government asking for permission to survey their land.
It’s unclear when the surveys will start.