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Plan for border fence puts U.S. business on Mexico side

May 7, 2008 |  4:41 pm

Golfcourse108 Well, you can't say the feds aren't getting serious about border enforcement. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is about to "deport" an entire U.S. business. Plans for the fence the feds are building along the Texas/Mexican border will slice the Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course in Brownsville off from the rest of the U.S., locating it onto the Mexican side.

The course is owned by the University of Texas, and will be joined in exile by a Brownsville city park and bird sanctuary that are also located in a tricky bend of the Rio Grande riverbed. These Google Maps images suggest how the rights and property of American citizens ended up getting subordinated to the Department of Homeland Security's desire to build a more or less straight wall:

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A spokesman for the golf course says there is a proposal to put a gate in the fence.

KNX 1070 radio has the story, but many questions remain unanswered.

Will golfers need passports?

Will Fort Brown still have to pay state taxes?

Will President George Bush be able to use the new as a holding site for prisoners of war by claiming it's not technically in the U.S.?

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