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Gov't Surveyors Working on Border Wall Assessment in Rio Grande City

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Gov't Surveyors Working on Border Wall Assessment in Rio Grande City

Gov't Surveyors Working on Border Wall Assessment in Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City CISD legal counsel, Ruben Pena, says the school board is opposed to a border wall at this time.

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Gov't Surveyors Working on Border Wall Assessment in Rio Grande City

The border wall moves...one step closer to reality.

Government surveyors are working...in rio grande city.

Channels fives angelo vargas shows us where it could go up.

He joins us live with more, angelo.

The rio grande city consolidated school district board members approved customs and border protection's ability to conduct survey and site assessments.

I'm standing in what appears to be a survey area.

We're told this is a busy spot where homeowners say people cross the border illegally often.

A survey marker is laid flat in this rio grande city neighborhood.

"they just put it right there.

It wasn't when we moved over here."

The marker is in front of this metal fence bent by illegal traffic from the river.

It's near the high school..in this woman's neighborhood.

"that's where they cross mostly from there" we are hiding this woman's identity for her safety.

We'll refer to her as rebecca.

Rebecca tells us the rio grande is just behind the bent metal fence.

"i have a grandson living with me and he never comes outside alone.

He's afraid too."

Map rebecca's neighborhood is part of customs border protection's survey and site assessment for the proposed border fencing.

The new plans also include rio grande city cisd.

We spoke the district's attorney ruben pena about the schools decision to allow it.

Ruben pena, rio grande city cisd legal counsel "a practical matter, this issue if whether we deny the federal government doing a site assessment would probably entail federal action in federal court which would will include attorneys fees and costs so rather fighting the government at this stage we will wait to see what their assessment will be."

Pena says the school board is opposed to a border wall at this time.

"i want a wall and why is that again?

Like i says because it's very dangerous."

Rebecca's stand is different than the school administration's.

The school board and people who live here will learn what happens next to this neighborhood and to the bent metal fence.

The attorney tells us the number of incidents at the school involving people who cross the border illegally decreased in recent months.

In rio grande city angelo vargas channel five news at six.

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