Border fence construction to begin on refuges: El Paso Times
- Border fence construction to begin on refuges:05/07/2007
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Wildlife refuges along the Rio Grande Valley are expected to be among the first spots where construction of a border fence would begin, a newspaper reports.The U.S. Border Patrol informed officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday that refuges in Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron counties are on the fast track for the fence because they are federally-owned lands, according an e-mail from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to conservationists.The project includes 82 miles of fencing with a road suitable for driving up to 50 miles per hour, according to the e-mail shown to The Brownsville Herald.The Texas Parks and Wildlife official who wrote the e-mail confirmed its validity, but wouldn't comment. The Fish and Wildlife Service was given a matter of days to respond.President Bush called for the fence during his national address on immigration reform and Congress approved it. Of the $1.2 billion Congress approved, at least $400million has been released.+++++++++++++++++++++++Comment: The word 'refuge' used in original article. ~Peta++++++++++++++++
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