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Juliet García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, stands behind the border wall. Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR hide caption

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Between President Trump's Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A 'No Man's Land'

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A new section of the border wall is seen in November 2019 south of Donna, Texas. Trump's 576-mile border wall is expected to cost nearly $20 million per mile, which is more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world. Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR hide caption

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$11 Billion And Counting: Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Costly

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A white-tailed deer emerges from the brush. The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge has some of the richest biological diversity in North America — with 1,200 plants, 300 butterflies, and 700 vertebrates, of which 520 are birds. Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR hide caption

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Border Wall Threatens National Wildlife Refuge That's Been 40 Years In The Making

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The existing border wall (right) is seen near the construction site of new wall panels south of Donna, Texas, on Nov. 20. There is widespread skepticism on the border that President Trump will get anywhere near the 450 miles of wall he wants by next November. Verónica G. Cárdenas for NPR hide caption

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Acquiring Private Land Is Slowing Trump's Border Wall

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Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville, Texas, is helping recently released migrants by offering them a meal, shower and some new clothes before journeying up north to await their day in immigration court. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Shelters And City Governments Scramble To Help Migrants In The Rio Grande Valley

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Eloisa Tamez of El Calaboz, Texas, walks along the border wall in her backyard. She took the government to court over surveying her land and over the compensation she received for the land needed for border wall construction. Reynaldo Leanos Jr./Texas Public Radio hide caption

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Rio Grande Valley Landowners Plan To Fight Border Wall Expansion

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New 18-foot, steel bollard fencing is replacing an old vehicle border near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico. Environmentalists are concerned the new fencing will block off wildlife corridors. Mallory Falk/KRWG hide caption

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Gracie Garcia poses for a photo in her backyard in Los Indios, near San Benito, Texas. The border wall was built about 10 years ago on Garcia's property, and she says she has not been paid for it. Veronica G. Cardenas/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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In The Rio Grande Valley, Residents Prepare For Construction Of A New Border Wall

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Orlando, whose nickname is the Wolf, is a human smuggler in Matamoros who says far fewer people want to employ his services and jump the border, with the Trump administration. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Illegal Border Crossings Are Down, And So Is Business For Smugglers

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Mary Helen Flores (center) is the founder of Citizens Against Voter Abuse. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

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Jonathan Treviño poses in front of a drug bust. Courtesy of Jonathan Treviño hide caption

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With Corruption Rampant, Good Cops Go Bad In Texas' Rio Grande Valley

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Jonathan Treviño shows seized contraband. The former police narcotics squad leader is currently serving 17 years in prison for reselling narcotics back to drug dealers. Courtesy of Jonathan Treviño hide caption

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Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

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