A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he— and his family—stood to make millions from it.
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How the joint project on land seizures along the U.S.-Mexican border by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica was reported.
The federal government’s boldest land grab in a generation produced the first border wall—and a trail of abuse, mistakes and unfairness.