Texas group sued to block border fence construction

On May 16, 2008, the Texas Border Coalition, a group of Texas-based business owners and officials, filed a class action lawsuit to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from constructing a fence on the US-Mexico border. The group claimed that approval of the fence's construction violated the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which required the government to hold fair negotiations with landowners when seeking access to property along the border. The case was dismissed in May 2009 due to lack of standing. The issue of construction of a continuous border fence or virtual fence with cameras and radar between the US and Mexico continues to be debated.

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