Residents along US southern border react to Trump’s wall

People living along the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, react to Donald Trump’s controversial border wall, as the US president visits the area hoping to drum up support for his project.

US: Officers patrol the border with Mexico

Border officials in the US, patrol a border fence in McAllen, Texas, after Donald Trump’s visit there to defend his wall project, a source of intense conflict with the Democrats. IMAGES

This Mexican Border City Thinks Trump’s Wall Will Be Useless (HBO)

As Trump visits McAllen on Thursday. VICE News gets the perspectives of communities in McAllen’s sister city, Reynosa.

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Border wall supporters, opponents protest in Tex.

(10 Jan 2019) Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump’s border wall greeted the president when he arrived in McAllen, Texas on the 20th day of a partial government shutdown. (Jan. 10)

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Images of the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border

Images of the Rio Grande seen from Anzalduas Park in McAllen, Texas which is on the US border with Mexico. President Trump travels to McAllen on Thursday and will fly down to the southern border that he described in his prime-time television address to the nation, as an open door to murderers and other criminals. IMAGES

Trump’s Border Troops Have Nothing To Do (HBO)

The Rio Grande Valley in Texas is now home to roughly 1,000 active duty US army soldiers. They’re part of the more than 5,000 troops Donald Trump deployed to the US-Mexico border ahead of the midterm elections, at an estimated cost of $200 million.

Most of the troop in the Rio Grande Valley are now living on Base Camp Donna, ten miles east of McAllen. In the last week, army engineers have built the camp up to accommodate a long-term deployment: it now has hot showers, laundry facilities, and a kitchen to produce two hot meals a day. Many of the soldiers there have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and life on Base Camp Donna is much like life on any other base — except here, there’s no enemy to fight, and the troops have almost nothing to do.

The migrant caravan they’re supposed to be responding to is weeks away and headed to Tijuana, 1,500 miles to the West. The only concrete missions the troops have engaged in so far consist of “hardening” parts of the border with concertina wire. When that’s done, said Major Derek Wamsley, a public affairs officer at the base, “we move back here and wait for the next request from Customs and Border Protection.”

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Donations Surge for Migrant Rest Center

A migrant rest center in McAllen, Texas has seen a surge of donations and volunteers following the family separation policy by President Donald Trump. (June 25)

TX Lawyer Didn’t See Any Separated Parents Today

A lawyer says Friday has marked the first time since May 24 that no parents charged with crossing border illegally in the McAllen, Texas area had been separated from their kids. (June 22)

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