Texas-New Mexico Border Series

Americas Policy Program

, by BARRY Tom

Dee Torres sees history in the making in the West Texas borderlands. The elementary school teacher wants to be part of the history of the borderlands, and wants her grandchildren to remember these times.

Torres, a resident since a child of the border town of Ft. Hancock, is taking photos of the construction of the new border wall rising along the Rio Grande in this desolate stretch of West Texas. Construction crews are hurriedly completing the last major portion of the 690 miles of border fencing authorized by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.

"I am taking photos of the wall for my grandchildren," she says. "They will be able to say that they were here when this wall was built, and one day they will surely see it torn down—just like the Berlin Wall!"