September 14, 2011
A public meeting on the impact of the border wall is set for Saturday, organized by State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
The meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at the Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course Clubhouse, 300 River Levee Road in Brownsville.
"We will hear presentations from our law enforcement agencies regarding public safety and then open the discussion to the public," Lucio said. "I sincerely hope people will join in and share their stories."
Parts of the border wall have been built in all four southern border states since the passage of the Congressional Secure Fence Act in 2006. A 70-mile-long, 20-foot high section of the wall has been built in the Rio Grande Valley.
Lucio said there has been no firm assessment that quantifies the social, cultural or economic impact of the fence.
The aim of the meeting is to bring together diverse groups, organizations and individuals in order to discuss the impact of the wall on the local community.
“In order for Texans to respond to federal policy, we need to have facts, figures and analysis,” Lucio said. "However, when it comes to the federal border wall, there exists very little centralized information. This public meeting represents an opportunity for Valley residents to unite and study the impact that the border wall is having on us.”