A TALE OF TWO WALLS: Levee, bollard construction creates confusion even among top US lawmakers

The leader was confused.

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, was dining at an Austin restaurant when he surprisingly ran into a powerful friend.

“Hey Henry, I’ve been meaning to talk to you,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “Did I hear you support the border wall in South Texas?”

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“Oh no, senator,” Cuellar said. “That’s not true.”

Cuellar then realized what Schumer meant.

“Oh,” Cuellar said. “Do you mean the levee wall?”

“What’s the difference?” Schumer said.

Schumer is not alone. Many who don’t spend time on the border, and even many who do, don’t necessarily understand the different types of barriers President Donald Trump’s Administration is drawing up.

There are also various structures that have existed for years in separate spots between the United States and Mexico, including a levee wall designed for floodplains, bollard wall, and in some areas, such as Hidalgo County, a combination of the two.