June 24, 2008 |
The government's plan to build a 670-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border took another step forward Monday when the Supreme Court turned away a legal challenge from environmentalists. The court's action clears the way for U.S. officials to press ahead with the project with little worry that judges will be able to stop it.
February 9, 2008 |
In a bid to overcome angry resistance to the government's planned border barrier, federal officials have agreed to run a contested section close to the Rio Grande rather than slice through miles of private land. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the agreement with Hidalgo County officials Friday, hailing it as a precedent that could be echoed in other parts of the state where resistance to the barrier has been most intense. "It's a great model for what we can do," he said.
January 17, 2008 |
Leaders in a small Texas border city said Wednesday that they felt blindsided after learning that a judge had ordered public land turned over temporarily to the federal government as it works on a fence along the border with Mexico. U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum ordered Eagle Pass to surrender 233 acres of city-owned land. The Justice Department had sued for access to the land Monday. Ludlum's ruling came the same day, before the city could muster a challenge.
December 8, 2007 |
The Bush administration warned landowners along the southern border Friday that it would seize their property if they refused to cooperate with federal efforts to build a fence meant to slow illegal immigration. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he would give landowners 30 days to indicate whether they would allow federal officials on their land to survey its suitability for fencing. If they decline, he said, he would turn to the courts to gain temporary access.
HOME & GARDEN
November 22, 2007 |
LIKE the Hudson River School paintings that inspire her, artist Karen Blackwood has created a landscape of detailed naturalism. But rather than painting on canvas, she chose a concrete wall for her sprawling mural. The cinder-block wall that separates her driveway from her Burbank neighbors' property was an eyesore, as far as she was concerned. "I just couldn't look at it anymore," she says, "and planting was not an option" in the area between concrete driveway and wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 |
A crew of U.S. Border Patrol agents, sweating under a hot Texas sun, squared off against an array of formidable-looking frontier fences. They swung axes at posts, used blowtorches to melt steel, tore through sheet metal with crow bars and scaled walls with ladders. Government engineers working with the agents rammed remote-control SUVs loaded with 10,000 pounds of sand into the barricades at 40 mph. The agents drew on secrets learned from smugglers.