The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is the new Berlin Wall. It offends both Mexicans and Americans. It comforts some Americans. And it keeps expanding. Some $2.4 billion has been spent since 2005 on a still-unfinished project to erect more than 600 miles of new fence along the US-Mexico border. Yet the new fencing has been breached more than 3,000 times, costing $1,300 for the average repair.
Now controversy is heating up over the border wall again. Besides the inflating costs, the wall is destroying countless ecosystems, as the borderlands contain federally protected areas and plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Environmental groups and laws are holding up construction, much to conservatives’ displeasure. Fences built along the U.S.-Mexico border are threatening wildlife species and the ground pollution it is creating is catastrophic. Technologically, the construction of the fence is a structural nightmare that continues to divide human families. Will this wall ever end?
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