Homeland Security officials are waiving environmental laws to push forward on sections of President Donald Trump's border wall. The government wants to install 17 miles of new construction in Hidalgo County, along with gates in existing fencing at 11 locations where there are gaps along the Rio Grande.
“None of the prototypes that were being built for the wall are actually being built, what we're seeing is just a continuation of the same fencing that happened under President Obama,” says Brandon Darby who covers the border for Breitbart Texas.
The waiver is putting pressure on Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,which oversees the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.
“Some issues with the operational integrity of the state park simply from the fact that one of the tenants of the donation from the Bentsen family was that the property remain a state park,” says TPWD spokesman Steve Lightfoot.
“We'recommitted to work with the federal government to find alternative solutions that not only minimize potential impacts, but ones that also help accomplish border security goals while preserving the operational viability of our state park.”
Many mainstream media outlets have focused on landowners along the Texas border unhappy with the government's use of eminent domain for the wall, but Darby insists not everyone is against the project.
“There are just as many landowners along the border and in the border regions that have had crimes committed on their properties,” he says. “Many are tired of finding the bodies of dead migrants on their properties.”