28 June 2008

Mexico's Response : A Green Wall

A US Border Patrol vehicle stands guard along the border fence dividing Mexico and the U.S. overlooking Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, June 27, 2008. Photo by Guillermo Arias / AP.

Mexicans protest border fence with (400,000) trees
June 28, 2008

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico — The first of 400,000 trees are being planted to form a "green wall" in protest of the fence the U.S. is building along the border with Mexico.

The treeline eventually will stretch for 318 miles along the border between the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas.

Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira Valdes says "our wall is of life, and it competes with shame and hate."

The U.S. government says the fence is critical to security. Critics say it fuels animosity between the two countries and raises environmental and private property concerns.

The mayor of a Texas border town attended the tree planting in Piedras Negras. Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster opposes the ongoing construction of 670 miles of border fence.

Source. / AP / Houston Chronicle

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