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Image: March 14, 2009 – Photo by David McNew/Getty Images North America

Consider the plight of Tim Loop, 47, who lives on his family farm in Brownsville, at the southernmost point along the United States-Mexico border.

Today, imposing sections of 15- to 18-foot-high rust-colored steel bars, some of them less than four hundred feet from Loop’s front porch, are more likely to catch the eye.

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security informed Loop, along with other landowners along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, that the new border fence, which in some areas stands more than a mile from the river, would be cutting through their properties. (A water treaty with Mexico that restricts building within the floodplain prevented the department from simply hugging the north bank.) The three-bedroom home where Loop lives with his wife and two children ended up on the south side of the fence, inside what essentially became a no-man’s land.

Read the rest of Oscar Casares’ article at Texas Monthly.

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