While almost all border wall construction has been completed in Hidalgo County, DHS has not completed its work in Cameron County where Brownsville and University of Texas-Brownsville are located. Brownsville’s Mayor Ahumada sent out a press release about tonight’s meeting stating:
“This is to inform all interested parties opposing the Border Wall to make note of a proposed agreement between the City of Brownsville and DHS (Department of Home Land Security) which, has been posted on the city agenda for consideration and action on June 2, 2009. The city meeting will take place at City Hall on the second floor, at 6:00 p.m., located at 1001 East Elizabeth Street, which is at the corner of East 10thStreet and Elizabeth Street.”
The people of Cameron County continue to fight construction of the border wall. ?On our tour of various border wall construction sites, it seems that challenging DHS does bear fruit. While communities who challenge DHS have not completely stopped the wall’s construction what they have been able to do is make a place for themselves at DHS’s table and make their voices heard by DHS. ?In other words, at this point, it appears that the struggles open dialogue with DHS for negotiating a compromise. We visited UT-Brownsville’s campus this weekend and viewed the border wall. Here’s what it looks like.
That’s the border wall on UT-B’s campus. ?We took the photo from the southside of the wall looking north onto the university’s baseball stadium. ?UT-B’s beautiful and growing campus merges with a delightful park near the border called “Lincoln Park.” ?Community activists are working hard to keep DHS from building the wall on this park. ?Below are some photos from the park.
The park has picnic areas with bbq pits, walking trails, little league fields, slides and swings for small children to play and basketball courts.?
We found strolling through UT-B’s campus and playing at this park to make for a wonderful family outing. UT-B’s campus is gorgeous, with a canal and resacas cutting through the campus.
While crossing the bridge, we saw an array of tropical birds in their habitat. Margaret loved seeing a pair of parrots flying in and out of their home in a dead palm tree. We also sighted a variety of herons and ducks. Our daughter Liz thoroughly enjoyed watching the ducklings waddle and swim alongside their parents.
The university is in the process of building and upgrading pedestrian paths. The campus reminded Miguel of Stanford in places and Margaret of Indiana University. Both universities also have large green spaces to walk through where you fell like you are out in the country. In Bloomington, for instance, IU’s campus fells like a forest. We found it surprising that DHS built the wall north of the university’s golf course. It looks like in the future, one might be required to pass through a border patrol access point to golf. Here’s a photo of the golf course.
The photo below is taken near where it looks like DHS might build a gate so that students can golf. The next photo is taken on the levee one crosses to reach the golf course. We took the photo near the possible point of entry. Notice DHS’s lights in the background.