Border Fence Information
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS- Construction on the security fence on the campus of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is complete.
The security fence is 10 foot high fence and runs from the parking lot of the Education and Business Complex to the property formerly owned by Brownville Art League.
The security fence runs along approximately 4,500 feet of property and complements the natural landscape on the campus' southern edge near the levee bordering the Rio Grande.
The fence was built by Construction Rent-A-Fence of Thrall, Texas for a total cost of $1.04 million and will feature technological security equipment.
Friday, July 31 also marks one year since UTB/TSC and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) reached an agreement that ended all court proceedings between the parties.
In the agreement, UTB/TSC and the federal government agreed to upgrade an already existing security fence in lieu of a 18-foot high border wall that would have sliced through the Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course.
As part of the agreement, DHS/CBP agreed to also end condemnation actions against UTB/TSC, effectively allowing UTB/TSC to retain ownership over all its property. The university and the government would also collaborate in the establishment of a center to study border issues including security.
In March, volunteers from the campus and the community planted 300 budding Carolina Jasmine vines that now line the campus security fence. Keppel AmFELS, a ship, barge and offshore drilling rig designer and builder at the Port of Brownsville, donated $3,000 for the jasmine that was planted during the event.