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Recent construction of the border wall near La Grulla, Texas, on Dec. 17.

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall construction. Read more»

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor takes notes in May during work on the border wall near Yuma. Much of the funding for border wall construction this year was shifted from the Pentagon and other agencies’ budgets, a move challenged in court by the House of Representatives.

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations. Read more»

Rain from Hurricane Hanna left a large trail of soil erosion beneath and around the privately funded border wall in South Texas.

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability. Read more»

Erosion under the wall casts doubt on its integrity unless it’s fixed.

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its stability. Read more»

The South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas.

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public. Read more»