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Border fence is a "racist thing," says Brownsville mayor

May 7, 2008 |  9:31 am

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, one of the architects of the border wall project between Mexico and Texas, drew boos from residents in Brownsville, Texas, at a public meeting on the subject this week.

"If you don’t like the fence … between the city and Mexico, I suggest that you build the fence around the northern part of the city," fired off Tancredo when opponents to the fence made their displeasure heard at the meeting.

Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada called the Congressman a bigot, and said that the border wall project was a "racist thing."

"They're afraid of us Mexicans taking over politically, I think," he said in a television interview.

As this KGBT video shows, some residents in Brownsville feel that the fence project is being forced upon them. One U.S citizen whose family owns and operates a golf course on the U.S. side of the border fears that the new wall will leave part of the course stranded on the Mexican side.

According to the KGBT video reporter, because it would be too expensive for the new wall to follow the course of the river, the wall will be built along an existing levee and will leave several thousand acres of U.S. territory south of the wall.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City