Porous Texas border fence foreshadows challenges for Trump's wall

A gate in the U.S. border fence with Mexico is seen in this photo taken at the Loop family farm in BrownsvilleFrom there, near Brownsville, it stretches about 60 miles west, but with plenty of gaps to drive or walk through. The porous South Texas border fence, authorized in 2006, underscores how topography, treaty obligations, legal fights and high costs could frustrate efforts to stretch an “impenetrable” wall over the 2,000-mile border – the signature campaign promise of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The South Texas barrier is “more holes than it is fence,” said Denise Gilman, a law professor and director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin.

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