Government rejects border fence alternative

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security has denied Cameron County's proposal to combine its levee improvements with a border wall.

Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said Tuesday he received word from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Ralph Basham on Monday.

Border fence construction has not started in Cameron County, and officials had hoped to reach a compromise similar to that in neighboring Hidalgo where a combined border wall/levee project is under way.

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