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'Danger and Desperation' Grow on This Arizona Ranch

The 'NYT' looks at how the border crisis is impacting Jim Chilton's Arizona cattle ranch

(Newser) - "Nobody should be out here," says Jim Chilton, 84, after spying a campfire in the distance on his remote Arivaca, Arizona, ranch. His cattle-grazing land is three times bigger than Manhattan, and 5.5 miles of his property run along the US-Mexico border. As Eli Saslow writes in...

Canadians Bristle at Ramaswamy's Border Wall Plan

'Completely nuts,' says former Alberta premier

(Newser) - Wednesday night's Republican debate focused on foreign policy—and one policy proposed by Vivek Ramaswamy has raised some eyebrows on the other side of the world's longest border. The candidate pledged to build a wall along the 5,524-mile border with Canada, an idea former Alberta premier Jason...

Biden Administration Says It Has No Choice but to Build Wall

Environmental campaigner slams 'horrific step backwards for the borderlands'

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the Biden administration's position against border walls hasn't changed, despite plans to build up to 20 miles of barriers in Texas. "From day one, this Administration has made clear that a border wall is not the answer," Mayorkas said in...

'Acute' Need at Border Spurs a Big Biden Reversal

Administration waives 26 federal laws to clear way for new wall construction in Texas

(Newser) - Three years ago, Joe Biden vowed that, if elected, he'd never erect a single new section of border wall between the United States and Mexico. Now, President Biden has rethought that, due to an "acute" need to keep illegal immigration at bay. The AP reports the commander in...

At US-Mexico Border Wall, a Piece of a More Infamous Wall

Chunk of the Berlin Wall gets a second life in Tijuana

(Newser) - As the US government built its latest stretch of border wall, the AP reports that Mexico made a statement of its own by laying remains of the Berlin Wall a few steps away. The 3-ton pockmarked, gray concrete slab sits between a bullring, a lighthouse, and the border wall, which...

DeSantis Says He'll Finish Border Wall

Campaign schedule clash angers GOP women's group in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign accused Ron DeSantis of "copying and pasting" the former president's ideas Monday after the Florida governor announced immigration policies including finishing the wall along the border with Mexico. Speaking in Eagle Pass, Texas, DeSantis also called for the end of birthright citizenship for the...

Border Wall's Height Leads to 'Unnecessary' Horrors

Neurological surgery resident warns of rise in traumatic injuries, economic costs

(Newser) - Changes made to the US-Mexico border wall under the Trump administration aren't stopping people from scaling it, but they're resulting in "unnecessary human suffering" that's not only horrifying but also putting more burden on hospitals and government coffers, according to Alexander Tenorio, a neurological surgery resident...

US to Resume Building Border Wall at San Diego Park

Friendship Park barrier will be slightly lower for a stretch, which advocates call a token

(Newser) - The Biden administration agreed to lower part of a border wall planned in the southwest corner of the continental US, advocates said Thursday in dismissing the concession as a token gesture. Opposition prompted a construction pause in August at Friendship Park, which was inaugurated in 1971 by then-first lady Pat...

The 'Wall of Shame' Will Be Demolished

Per the ruling of Peru's Constitutional Court

(Newser) - A "discriminatory" wall is set to come down. That's by order of Peru's Constitutional Court, which ruled a 6-mile long wall in Lima that's nicknamed the "Wall of Shame" must be demolished within 180 days. AFP reports that the initial portion of the wall was...

Arizona Will Take Down Shipping Container Border Wall

White House, Republican governor came to an agreement

(Newser) - Arizona will take down a makeshift wall made of shipping containers at the Mexico border, settling a lawsuit and political tussle with the US government over trespassing on federal lands, the AP reports. The Biden administration and the Republican governor entered into an agreement that Arizona will cease installing the...

Arizona Governor Builds Wall of Shipping Containers on Border
US Sues Arizona Over
Makeshift Border Wall

US Sues Arizona Over Makeshift Border Wall

Justice Department demands removal of shipping containers, compensation for damages

(Newser) - The federal government is suing the state of Arizona over the governor's decision to erect a border wall made of shipping containers. The Justice Department complaint accuses Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state officials of trespassing on federal lands and asks a court to order the removal of the...

Woman Gets Stuck Climbing Border Wall, Dies

She was upside down for a significant amount of time, authorities say

(Newser) - A 32-year-old woman attempting to climb over a border wall from Mexico into Douglas, Arizona, was killed Monday when she got stuck upside down. The unidentified woman got over the wall and was using a harness to go down the other side, but her foot and leg got tangled and...

Texas Governor Wants to Crowdfund Border Wall

Greg Abbott says state is providing $250M down payment for 'hundreds of miles' of wall

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to build a wall, and he isn't claiming Mexico is going to pay for it. Instead, the Republican is encouraging people to crowdfund a wall along the state's border with Mexico with donations of cash and land, the New York Times reports. The...

GOP Senator Holds Up Confirmation of DHS Nominee

Hawley says Mayorkas wouldn't commit to spending $1.4B on border wall

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of quick confirmation of his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security have been blocked by a Republican senator. Sen. Josh Hawley said Tuesday that he would block a procedural move to bypass full committee consideration of the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to lead...

Trump Autographs Border Wall
Trump Autographs Border Wall

Trump Autographs Border Wall

He slams 'impeachment hoax'

(Newser) - In what is expected to be one of his final trips as president, President Trump visited—and signed—a section of border wall in Alamo, Texas Tuesday. The president used what appeared to be a Sharpie to sign a plaque on the wall before he delivered remarks praising his administration'...

Bannon's Lawyers React to Call for 'Beheadings'
Bannon's Lawyers:
We're Outta Here

Bannon's Lawyers: We're Outta Here

The attorneys say Bannon will 'formally retain new counsel'

(Newser) - Looks like Steve Bannon's lawyers aren't too thrilled with the whole "beheading" thing, Law & Crime reports. In fact, they asked a judge Friday to delay a hearing because they want out. "Mr. Bannon is in the process of retaining new counsel, and [the law firm]...

Steve Bannon Was Arrested on a Yacht
Trump Responds
to Bannon Arrest
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Trump Responds to Bannon Arrest

President calls it 'very sad,' adds he never liked premise of crowdfunding a border wall

(Newser) - The details are filling in on the surprise arrest of Steve Bannon Thursday morning on accusations that he and others ripped off donors who gave money to their "We Build the Wall" online campaign. The central allegation: Bannon and three other defendants “defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors,...

Trump: Border Wall 'Stopped Everything'

'It stopped COVID,' he says during Arizona visit

(Newser) - President Trump visited the US-Mexico border Tuesday and tried to credit his new wall with stopping both illegal immigration and the coronavirus. But his visit played out as top public health officials in Washington were testifying about the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19, singling out Arizona as one of the...

Trump-Touted Firm Wins $1.28B Border Wall Contract

Fisher Sand and Gravel will get $1.28B to build 42 miles of wall near Tucson

(Newser) - A company favored by President Trump, which is the subject of an ongoing Defense Department inspector general review, has been awarded the biggest border wall construction contract yet, valued at $1.275 billion. CEO Tommy Fisher of North Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel pushed his company’s design on conservative...

Trump Wants Border Wall Painted Black. That'll Be Pricey

'Washington Post' reports it could cost $500M—or more

(Newser) - President Trump has for years expressed a desire to have the border wall bollards painted black, arguing that will make it look more imposing and will also cause it to be too hot to touch in the summer. While military commanders and border officials thought they had talked him out...

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