Sunday, February 8, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security is finishing the installation of more than 600 miles of new fence along the southern border with Mexico. One of the final stretches has been the most controversial and most expensive, according to NPR. Federal contractors have filled Smuggler's Gulch — a canyon about two miles from the Pacific Ocean between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego — with almost 2 million cubic yards of dirt. Environmentalists claim that it is a disaster, federal authorities contend that it is necessary.