Meanwhile, DHS continues to push forward with the border wall along the Rio Grande, waiving a requirement in the legislation that the agency complete a report on the wall's environmental impact. That seems particularly important considering that the plan would make us the first nation-state on the planet to ever wall off a river and leave the river on the other side.
Subtopia links to a slightly dated (one month old) but informative 25-minute clip from Rio Grande Valley Newsline that explains the myriad reasons that's a bad idea. It's less news report than an extended editorial against the wall from the perspective of the Chamber of Commerce set in border communities, but it provides a sense of how most locals along the border feel about the idea:
Sen. John Cornyn featured in the Rio Grande Valley Newsline video appears to be backtracking rapidly as he's force-fed an education on the topic by community leaders in the Valley. His belated concerns are a bit like closing the barn door after the horse is gone, since he already voted for legislation approving the wall (though he claims in the clip he thought there was no funding attached ... oops).
If you intentionally wanted to worsen illegal immigration and weaken border security as much as possible, I don't honestly think you could develop a more effective strategy than the one the federal government is pursuing at the moment.