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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - OBP005760-OBP005762 FW_ Meeting With Congressman Reyes- 3-21-08 (Final) 3

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - OBP005760-OBP005762 FW_ Meeting With Congressman Reyes- 3-21-08 (Final) 3

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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 11/9/10;
CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 11/9/10;

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From:To:
Subject:
FW: Meeting with Congressman Reyes- 3/21/08
Date:
Friday, March 21, 2008 7:32:33 PM
 Attachments:Importance:
High
Gentlemen, Just in case you haven’t received the AAR. Regards, 
From:
 
Sent:
Friday, March 21, 2008 3:45 PM
To:
 
Cc:
 
Subject:
Meeting with Congressman Reyes- 3/21/08
 
, Please see that attached After Action Report (AAR) regarding the meeting withCongressman Reyes. The report has also been included in plain text. Take Care, Special Operations SupervisorEl Paso Sector8901 Montana AvenueEl Paso, Texas 79925 
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On today’s date, Friday, March 21, 2008, at 0930 hours, a previously scheduled meetingtook place in the immediate border area with several high ranking VIPs. The location of the meeting occurred at the Socorro Head Gates near the Zaragoza Port of Entry in ElPaso, Texas. The VIP members consisted of Congressman Silvestre Reyes of the 16
th
Congressional District of Texas, his brother, Jesus Reyes, General Manager of the ElPaso County Water Improvement District (EPCWID) Lead Engineer of theEPCWID, Jeffrey Self, OBP SWB Division Chief, and Victor Manjarrez Jr., EPT Chief Patrol Agent. Other individuals present on the line tour were,Congressional Staffer (El Paso Office), Congressional Staffer(Washington D.C. Office), OBP ACPA EPT ACPA and EPTSOS·
 
The purpose of the meeting was to identify a viable resolution to the fence alignment
OBP005760
 
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challenge associated with PF-225 Fencing Project K2 C. This particular fencing initiativehas been a problematic expanse of property owned by the EPWIDC. The property inquestion is a 7.6 mile swath of terrain in the immediate border area that consists of anIBWC Levee, a multi-purpose low water level canal, EPCWID irrigation check and valvestations, an inner canal road, and a northern canal road that are both utilized by theEPCWID for operation and maintenance purposes. ·
 
The conundrum is that the EPCWID and the El Paso Sector Border Patrol have not beenable to achieve an agreement relative to fence alignment or placement. Theaforementioned agencies have negotiated for approximately four months and haveencountered an impasse. The meeting was focused on educating Congressman Reyes onthe difficulties of the terrain, existing infrastructure and present fence alignment solutionsfrom the EPCWID and the Border Patrol. The goal was to identify a fence alignmentlocation that would facilitate operational functions of both entities. ·
 
The EPCWID and the Border Patrol have negotiated several different fence alignmentalternatives for the 7.6 miles. All proposals were not acceptable for one reason or anotherby one or both parties. The proposals are as follows:Fence Alignment south of the levee roadA free floating fence design on top of the levee roadFence alignment on the north toe of the levee roadShot-creting the multi-purpose low water level canal and placing the fence alignmentnorth of the levee roadFence alignment on the northernmost and southern edge of the O&M road ·
 
The EPCWID expressed concerns of the Border Patrol’s last proposal of fence placement(southern edge of the northern most O&M road) due to inaccessibility to theirinfrastructure, vegetation abatement requirements and restricted or interrupted water flowto their customers. Ultimately, their final direction from their Board of Directors was toplace the fence on the south side of the levee road. ·
 
The Border Patrol’s last fence proposal is to place the fence on the northernmost O&Mroad’s southern edge. This alignment would satisfy the restricted access, vegetationabatement and water interruption challenges previously echoed by the EPCWID. TheBorder Patrol additionally agreed to control the vegetation abatement issue by use of anegotiated contract for the 7.6 mile expanse. The Border Patrol discussed operationalrequirements, community outreach, engineering components and environmentalconsiderations as the factors that govern our recommended fence alignment locations. ·
 
Once Congressman Reyes digested this information he suggested the following:Construct an 18’ concrete wall on the south toe of the levee road and raise the leveeroad commensurate to the wall height. This design is being implemented in southTexas within the Rio Grande Valley SectorCongressman Reyes indicated he would seek additional funding for USIBWC to raisetheir levee in the 7.6 mile area in questionCongressman Reyes indicated he would work in “relaxing” the time table of completion for this project (December 31, 2008) and postponing the deadline tofactoring in the work associated with this design/build effortInvestigating the possibility of funding an emulsifying compound (road material) to thelevee and O&M Roads to strengthen and withstand IBWC, EPCWID and Border Patrol
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