January 14, 2009
Although the border fence will run through Hope Park in downtown Brownsville, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not have possession of the land yet, officials said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling said Wednesday that Hope Park is included in the three-mile area where the fence will be constructed, but the DHS is still in litigation regarding land within in the park.
"We don't yet have possession of the land in the Hope Park area," Easterling said, adding, however, "It is in the planning segment."
Although no construction date has been scheduled, the cleaning of the area where the fence will be built is expected to begin soon.
County and city officials were notified earlier this week that the fence will run from an extension of Palm Boulevard to the Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course, which is off River Levee Drive, and will go through Hope Park.
The notice sent to Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos, Brownsville Mayor Pat M. Ahumada Jr. and the Texas Border Coalition is similar to one released two weeks ago in which county officials were notified that site preparations were to begin in eight areas of the county.
One of the areas included in that notice is the Riverbend Resort, where last week huge dump trucks could be seen traveling to and from the river levee, where 1.6 miles of the fencing will be constructed.