Express News – Barrier on border won’t split campus

A federal court agreement reached Thursday with the Homeland Security Department removes the threat of an 18-foot fence splitting the campus of the University of Texas-Brownsville/Texas Southmost College.

Instead, the federal agency agreed to accept the bolstering of an existing fence along the university perimeter and use the site to test and study technological alternatives to a physical barrier to curb unauthorized immigration.

Homeland security “will not build a fence on the university campus,” UTB/TSC President Juliet Garcia said. “They will not condemn or seek to condemn the land.”

Students and other protesters waiting outside the courthouse cheered the news on one of many battlefronts over the government’s controversial effort to build border fencing.

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