MISSION, Texas – Jeff Reed offers outdoor dining on the Rio Grande at his restaurant, Pepe’s on the River. But with the U.S. government planning to build 700 miles of fence along the Mexican border, he has to wonder: Will his restaurant soon be “Pepe’s on the Fence”? Downriver in Brownsville, where the jalape o and lima bean fields run down to the water’s edge, farmer Fermin Leal is wondering whether the government intends to cut through his crops, run irrigation pipes under the fence or buy him out. “Most of our land goes up to what’s supposed to be the border, and yes, we need access to river water,” Leal said. President George W. Bush signed a law Thursday to erect more fences along the border to secure it against illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists. Republicans in Congress see it as their most significant accomplishment on immigration. The president called it “an important step in our nation’s efforts to secure our borders.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But up and down Texas’ watery boundary with Mexico, farmers, ranchers and business owners are worried a fence will endanger their livelihoods and encroach on their property. Texas landowners – sick of illegal immigrants cutting their fences, stealing and trespassing, and tired of worrying about smugglers of humans and drugs endangering their families – have been demanding for years that Congress tighten the border. But not, some say, with a double-layer, $6 billion fence cutting through their land and keeping them and their livestock from the river. “It’s not going to work in Texas,” said Michael Vickers, who owns a cattle ranch on the border. “Who wants to close off the river to Mexico? The river is the lifeblood for a lot of cities.” Vickers said he worries that either his land will be cut off from the rest of the state and the country or he will lose access to 50 acres of water rights he has and can sell to area municipalities for up to $2,000 an acre. “I’d be in a DMZ-type zone, in between two countries,” Vickers said. The exact route the fences will take is not yet clear. And it is not yet known what the fences will look like – how tall they will be; whether they will be solid walls, or bars. Much of the land along the Texas side of the river is privately owned, some dating back to Spanish land grants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan is targeting at least three new players in the summer transfer window.Given Harps’ financial constraints, the Harps Board will be unable to give Horgan a warchest to spend on players, but Horgan remains hopeful of some new acquisitions.Harps have lost Thomas McMonagle and Michael Funston from their first team squad in recent weeks and there are gaps to plug following those departures. Pascal Millien has not yet featured for Harps having signed in March and, although Harps remain unclear as to his availability for Friday night’s game against Shamrock Rovers, the Haiti international isn’t far off being given the green light.Horgan and his assistant, Paul Hegarty, have been working hard over the last few weeks to identify possibly new signings.“We need to get a minimum of three to add to our squad and we need quality,” Horgan said.“There is no point taking someone in who is no better than what we have. “We have players in mind, but it is easy to have them in mind. To convince and encourage them to come in might be more difficult.”As regards the positions he has in mind, Horgan is looking for another midfielder, a wide player and a covering defender, but added: “If we have someone in any position we’ll take them.”Horgan is unsure whether he will be able to extend Ciaran O’Connor’s loan from Dundalk until the end of the season.O’Connor’s deal runs out at the end of June.Horgan said: “It won’t be my decision. We are hopeful that we will be able to keep him, but it is a question of whether Dundalk need him or not.” Horgan has been forced at times, particularly due to a raft of injuries within his ranks, to call upon some of the club’s under-19s, but the Harps boss appears reluctant to give them their head in the Premier Division at the minute.He said: “We have taken a few of them in, but they have a bit to go. A couple of them have done quite well. It is a massive step. From the under-19 league to the Premier Division is a huge gap to bridge. Some of them will bridge it, but it will take time.”Horgan targets ‘a minimum of three’ new players for Finn Harps in transfer window was last modified: June 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ciaran O’ConnorDundalkfinn harpsOllie Horganpascal millienPaul Hegartyshamrock rovers