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Trump Wants Border Wall Painted Black. That'll Be Pricey

'Washington Post' reports it could cost $500M—or more

(Newser) - President Trump has for years expressed a desire to have the border wall bollards painted black, arguing that will make it look more imposing and will also cause it to be too hot to touch in the summer. While military commanders and border officials thought they had talked him out... More »

House Hands Trump a Border Fence Victory

Passes $1.4T federal spending package that includes funding

(Newser) - The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, handing President Trump a victory on his US-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs, the AP reports. The hard-fought legislation also funds a record Pentagon budget and is serving... More »

Judge Rules Against Trump Administration in Border Wall Case

Federal judge says $3.6B in Pentagon funds can't be diverted to wall construction

(Newser) - The secretary of defense in September authorized the diverting of $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to build the border wall, but on Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Trump administration from doing that, CNN reports. El Paso County, Texas, and Border Network for Human Rights had sued... More »

Mother Jumping Border Fence With Kids Falls, Is Impaled

She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A Guatemalan woman was impaled by rebar when she attempted to enter the US illegally Friday night. The 26-year-old, who was traveling with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old, scaled a US border fence near California's San Ysidro Port of Entry. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports she was in an area... More »

Mexican Pol Scales Border Fence to Send Trump Message

Braulio Guerra filmed, photographed himself atop 30-foot-high Tijuana border fence

(Newser) - Braulio Guerra decided words weren't enough to get his point across on how he feels about President Trump's proposed border wall, so the athletic congressman from the Mexican state of Queretaro apparently put his climbing skills to work. BuzzFeed first reported on Guerra's high-profile stunt: showing himself... More »

Texas Congressman to Trump: 'Shove It'

Filemon Vela not a fan of Trump's border wall idea

(Newser) - More fallout from Donald Trump's claim that the US-born judge presiding over two fraud lawsuits against Trump University has a "conflict of interest" and should recuse himself because of his "Mexican heritage." Trump says US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel must be biased against Trump because of... More »

Pope on Trump: A Person Who Builds Only Walls 'Is Not Christian'

The Donald

(Newser) - The latest to tussle with Donald Trump: Pope Francis. When asked Thursday about the presidential contender while returning from a six-day visit to Mexico, he responded, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," reports the New ... More »

Ex-Mexican Prez Not Impressed With Trump's Border Wall Plan

Mexico will not be paying for any 'stupid,' 'useless' wall

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only one who can throw around words like "stupid," "useless," "crazy," and "ignorant." Trump, of course, has claimed during his presidential campaign that not only will he get a border wall built if he's elected, but... More »

Arizona Dumps Plan to Crowd-Source Border Fence

The state only received $265K or about 0.5% of its goal

(Newser) - Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using millions of dollars in private donations are instead directing the money to buy equipment for a border sheriff's office after the state received just a fraction of the donations needed. The decision Monday by... More »

Hungary to Migrants: Cross This Fence and You're a Criminal

New laws boost its crackdown at border with Serbia

(Newser) - Hungary declared a state of emergency and police arrested 60 migrants at or near the country's 110-mile southern border with Serbia after new laws took effect at midnight making it a criminal offense to cross the border illegally or mess with the 13-foot razor-wire fence, the BBC reports. With... More »

To Keep ISIS Out, Israel Plans a Fence

18-mile-long fence will be built along eastern border with Jordan

(Newser) - Israel's borders with Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt are protected by a fence. Now the country has approved a plan to build an 18-mile-long fence along its eastern border with Jordan that could help prevent Islamist extremists and migrants from entering the country. The fence, to run from Eilat to... More »

Hungary Wants a Big Fence to Keep These People Out

It's looking to build 109-mile fence to keep out migrants coming from Serbia

(Newser) - A 13-foot-high fence that stretches 109 miles along its border with Serbia is Hungary's plan for keeping in check what the Washington Post calls an "unprecedented migrant crisis." "Hungary cannot afford to wait any longer," the country's foreign affairs minister said at a press... More »

Senators Agree to 'Border Surge,' 700-Mile Fence

Security concessions could open door for more GOP support

(Newser) - How do you get Republicans to sign onto an immigration bill? You build a danged fence —a lot of danged fence. A bipartisan group of senators has agreed to bolster the border security provisions in the Senate's immigration reform bill, in the hopes of winning over more GOP... More »

Brazil's Ambitious Plan: Erect 10K-Mile Virtual Fence

To keep illegal activities at bay

(Newser) - Brazil's border is pretty mammoth (here's a visual reminder ), and a growing economy has made illegal activities (chief among them illegal immigration) an equally growing concern. But the country has a plan: a 10,000-mile fence ... except that this one is virtual. For reference, America's southern... More »

Arizona Heckler to McCain: 'Where's the Dang Fence?'

Town hall gets testy over immigration

(Newser) - John McCain took a lot of heat at a pair of town hall meetings yesterday over his new push for immigration reform, with many angry Arizona residents telling him in turn that illegal immigrants should never become citizens, the AP reports. "Cut off their welfare and their stuff and... More »

Attempt to Scale Border Fence Goes Poorly

Border patrol assumes it was a smuggling operation gone wrong

(Newser) - Suspected smugglers who tried to use ramps to drive an SUV over a 14-foot-tall border fence had to abandon their plan when the Jeep became stuck on top of the barrier. Agents patrolling the US-Mexico border near the Imperial Sand Dunes in California's southeast corner spotted the Jeep Cherokee... More »

Hidden Victims of Border Fence: Black Bears

Scientists say barrier hurts their migration

(Newser) - They're seeing their homeland divided by a border fence—and with very little say in Washington, there's not much they can do about it. The fence along the border of Arizona may pose a threat to ... black bear migration, researchers say. Using pieces of barbed wire to catch... More »

Colbert's New Candidate: Cain

Unless, of course, you don't like Cain...

(Newser) - Rick Perry ( er, “Parry” ) used to be Stephen Colbert’s preferred presidential candidate. But with the Texas governor's poll numbers down, it’s time for a new pick with more promise: Enter Herman Cain. Colbert touted Cain’s controversial “electric border fence” idea, which, of... More »

Cain: I Was Joking About Killer Electric Border Fence

But that appears less-than-clear

(Newser) - Anyone want to make a bet as to whether this comes up at tomorrow night's GOP debate ? When David Gregory asked Herman Cain yesterday about statements—made as recently as the day before—that he’d build an electrified fence to keep out illegal immigrants, Cain brushed it... More »

Bachmann: I'll Finish the Border Fence

GOP candidate doubles down on illegal immigration

(Newser) - She's not using John McCain's painfully forced "complete the danged fence" phrase, but Michele Bachmann is vowing to do just that. Yesterday the struggling Tea Party favorite signed a pledge to complete a double fence along the whole US-Mexico border by 2013, calling it "job No.... More »

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