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Photo: Nogales, 2014

For all of the talk of a supersized wall on the USA/Mexico border, few people from either country have visited the region.

The wall is stuff of stories, true and mythical. On this page we curate some of the recent headlines and plot our next trip to the region.

Feds reveal details for border wall that will span San Pedro River@tonydavis987
The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation@highcountrynews @tory_sarah
Border wall construction brings crowds, and COVID-19 anxiety, into Arizona towns – High Country News
Trump to divert $3.8B from Defense to build stupid Mexico wall – Boing Boing
Trump’s Border Wall Is an Environmental Disaster – The Nation
450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts – 8 News Now
Trump moving forward to divert $3.6B from military projects for border wall
Guarding the Southern Border Has Become an Exercise in Cruelty – The Nation
In The Rio Grande Valley, Residents Prepare For Construction Of A New Border Wall
Trump doesn’t let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction
Border Residents Remain Skeptical About The Need For An Expanded Wall – KRWG
Trump’s border wall obsession frustrates conservative activists
Trump Wrong About Wall Effect in El Paso – Factcheck.org
From concrete to solar to steel: Trump’s vision for a border wall keeps shifting
Democrats touring border warn Trump against diverting funds for wall
Trump to address nation on wall – The Hill
Readers React to government shutdown – LA Times
Border Wall – The Atlantic
Trump knocks Dems: Border wall will be ‘artistically designed’ and ‘beautiful’
Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again – Washington Post
Trump’s Border Wall Could Decimate These Rare Species – Texas Observer
The US-Mexico border wall’s dangerous, costly side-effect: enormous floods – Quartz
US Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge to Trump’s Border Wall – VOA
U.S. top court snubs environmental challenge to Trump’s border wall




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In 1994-1996 I had the pleasure of reporting full-time on the borderlands. The wall, then as now, inspired strong political debate. Lost in the discussion were the social and environmental impacts. Now more than ever we need to reassess how we approach the wall.

In 2019 look for an expansion on Planeta.com of regional coverage.


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