Police asked civil rights attorneys and opponents of the border wall to leave a Border Patrol station in McAllen, where an invite-only border wall meeting was taking place. by Gus Bova Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm CST Outside the McAllen Border Patrol station Wednesday morning, a group of about nine anti-border wall activists and civil rights attorneys attempted to attend a quarterly, invite-only Border Patrol meeting for local landowners and “stakeholders.” There, attendees could ask questions of Border Patrol officials about a proposed 6-mile stretch of wall to be built in February, just south of Mission. Border Patrol, however, had other ideas. Within minutes of the group arriving, a Border Patrol agent called the McAllen Police Department. Three officers showed up to threaten the group with criminal trespassing charges and force them to leave. Activists say the incident is the latest in a long line of transparency-blocking moves by the federal government to keep border wall plans largely under wraps. The feds waived laws requiring public meetings and some environmental assessments. One of the attorneys to be turned away was Karla Vargas of the Texas Civil Rights Project, which represents the National Butterfly Center and other landowners. “I’m… Read full this story
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