UT-Brownsville, feds reach deal on border fence

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An agreement endorsed today in court means a border security fence would no longer cut off a large chunk of a South Texas university.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had ordered the the University of Texas at Brownsville and the Department of Homeland Security to work on a compromise.

The federal judge in Brownsville accepted the deal in principle and ordered both sides to submit it in writing by Tuesday.

It means the government will not condemn any university land.

In exchange, UT-Brownsville will maintain an existing 10-foot chain-link fence next to a levee, and invest in cameras and sensors for additional security.

The university had accused the feds of violating an earlier agreement to study alternatives to a fence with Mexico cutting off the school's golf course and land for expansion.

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