Brownsville, Texas-When the heavy steel gates closed behind him, Max Pons had foreseen the anxiety he would feel, his home is isolated on a piece of land between the US border fence and Rio Grande, Mexico.
Over the past year, managers of a vast reserve in the southern tip of Texas have been comforted by the rust gap
Color fence, let him quickly escape the North in an emergency. Now the U. S.
The government is installing the first gate to fill this part of the Southwest border fence, and Pons admits he is considering intense scenes.
Pons, who lives on Highway 1,000, said: "I think I will feel trapped in my mind.
He manages acres of sabal palms, Lake bow cattle and citrus forest for the Nature Conservation Society's southernmost reserve.
"If necessary, I need something that is easier for me to pass through . ".
The concerns of the Pons indicate that the government-year-
Past efforts to build a security barrier along the border will prevent illegal activities in Mexico without causing more serious problems to the people of the region.
In this lush area, Rio Grande's vast flood zone prevented the construction of fences at the border, so it retreated more than a mile in some places and ran behind the flood embankment.
The result is no-man's-
The land of hundreds of properties, and the people who worked on them, stood on the wrong side of the split.
The arrival of the gate will reveal whether the government's approach to resolving the border fence issue is effective.
Can the sliding panel in the password-controlled fence allow isolated workers to cross when needed, while preventing intruders from entering?
Pons hope the door will open as soon as possible.
"Because when will reinforcement appear?
"Some land owners are also worried that they will become smugglers seeking to pass 18-foot-
High metal fence
Over the past two years, violence has surged in Mexico's Texas-based state of tamalipas.
This week, the State Department issued a new travel warning urging the United StatesS.
The citizens came again to avoid traveling there.
Residents in this rural area often see groups of illegal immigrants smuggling bundles of people through OR.
On October, the Border Patrol
Ranked members of the Gulf cartel operation Matamoros, who have crossed about halfhour upriver.
When the password is punched onto a fence or on a nearby panel, the gate will roll open on the metal track.
The landowner will have a permanent code and can apply for a temporary code for the visitor.
Customs and Border Protection has begun testing its first two doors and plans to install another 42 in South Texas this year for $10 million.
Over the past year, the high-steel bar and board section has been built in this section of 1,954-mile U. S. -
The Mexican border creates a bigger gap.
More teeth than indestructible obstacles.
Agency officials say the Texans on the other side will not be completely isolated when the gates are closed.
Border Patrol personnel will continue to work on both sides of the fence and can assist the owners.
Cameras and sensors are also available in many areas.
But farmers point out that there are a lot of things that agents can't stop.
They pointed out the dusty footprints and said illegal immigrants could climb the barrier in seconds.
Leonard Lupp said at his farm produce stand east of Brownsville: "This is the biggest waste of taxpayers' money, "his family farm and the home of some relatives are in an area between the fence and the river.
Loop's nephew, Paul, said he did not expect the gate to increase the delay in numerous trips between fields and barns between him and his brother using their equipment.
He is also concerned about becoming a target for smugglers who are eager to use their gates for mass transit.
They are wide enough for farm equipment.
"Any drug dealer will know that anyone on this side has a way out," Paul Lupp said . " The crew harvested cabbage in the nearby fields. Othal Brand Jr.
Chairman and general manager of idargo County water diversion District
He said that although the area's headquarters is located between the wall and the river, he welcomed the completion of the fence.
He said he was optimistic that it would help to transfer illegal transit and other illegal activities.
"It's like making a car and only putting three tires on it," he said . ". "Finish it. Get it done. "