Work on more border fencing starts in New Mexico
Dateline: Dona Ana County - 23 August 2019
Date: 08/23/2019 10:37 PM
Dona Ana County, New Mexico - 23 August 2019
1. Wide of border wall construction area
GRAPHIC: Construction has begun on taller border fencing in New Mexico and Arizona.
2-4. Construction material near site
GRAPHIC: Construction is funded through President Trump's national emergency declaration.
5.. Nearby wall constructed last year
GRAPHIC: Environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts.
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Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico are forging forward with construction on taller border fencing funded through President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.
The work on the president's hallmark campaign promise is advancing on a 46-mile stretch of desert west of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and on 2 miles of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in Arizona.
At the New Mexico construction site on Friday, a group of around 20 workers placed rebar frames for concrete footers along the path of the wall.
Environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws to be able to build on protected lands.
They say more barriers would be detrimental to wildlife habitat and would block the migration of animals such as bighorn sheep and wolves.
Two cases are pending before federal court.