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Settlement reached over private border wall, but experts say it won’t stop the environmental damage

Federal authorities have reached a deal that gives builders of the privately funded fence control over where to inspect for damage and leeway over which issues they choose to repair.

By Perla Trevizo and Jeremy Schwartz, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
The 2020 storm Hurricane Hanna left waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande along parts of a private border fence, which threatened the structural integrity of the project, experts said.

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