Border & immigration
Border fence being sold as scrap metal
Holes are still being made in the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not for the reason you might think.
These aren't efforts by coyotes to smuggle immigrants into the country near Tijuana, but to sell pieces of the fence for scrap.
Thanks to the sluggish U.S. economy, fewer people are crossing the border to find work. Maybe some of them could get jobs repairing the fence.
From the Associated Press story from the Houston Chronicle:
Holes in the border fence once were more commonly made by migrant smugglers, but fewer people are trying to cross because of a weak U.S. economy and a crackdown on immigration.