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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - OBP006323-OBP006224 RGV Issue Paper on Article _2!21!08 (2) (Final) 2

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - OBP006323-OBP006224 RGV Issue Paper on Article _2!21!08 (2) (Final) 2

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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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Published by: CREW on Nov 15, 2010
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ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
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Addressing newspaper article claiming biases relevant to fence selectionlocations in RGV
DESIRED OUTCOME
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Show that current fence selection locations are based on operational need
 
Explain why certain locations are not feasible locations for fence footprint
BACKGROUND
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Texas Observer newspaper article (2/19/08) implied that CBP/USBP hadpurposely stopped the fence footprint short of locations where affluentpeople or people who were politically connected had a vested interestsuch as golf courses and an industrial park
 
RGV Field Commanders (PAICs) analyzed historic data and currenttrends in terms of cross-border activities
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Intel reports
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Enforce statistics
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Field knowledge
 
Geographic layout was taken into account (open fields vs. congestedurban development)
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Article claimed that an industrial park in the Mission, Texas areawas also spared the fence (east of fence footprint)
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Industrial park has wide open agricultural fields south of their location, making cross-border activity vulnerable to apprehension
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Project O-5: Proposed POE in general area as well as establishedhousing community (west of industrial park)
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Article claimed that River Bend Resort enjoys no fence goingthrough its property, while the fence footprint falls on both their sides
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Project O-17: Proposed RR POE in general area (west of River Bend Resort)
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Project O-17: Housing community (River Bend Resort) east of theproposed fence location on the south side of the levee(floodplain)—did not want to cut them off 
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Project O-19: UTB golf course on south side of levee (floodplain)—cannot build in the floodplain
 
Access to routes of egress once in the U.S. were considered
CHALLENGES / CONCERNS
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Newspaper article claimed that the affluent and the politically connectedwere spared being included in the fence footprint
 
Well detailed and written article tends to lead the average reader tobelieve that such claims are trueDrafted by:Date: February 22, 2008
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