The Los Angeles Times had an interesting update on border fence construction this weekend. About 145 miles of the 1,952-mile border between the United States and Mexico now has a fence.

Whether the new fencing slows illegal immigration remains to be seen, but the project is a milestone in another way. Once limited mainly to cities, fencing along the 1,952-mile border is now going up in rural areas, where much of the illegal immigration traffic has shifted in recent years. …

Border experts say it is too soon to determine the overall success or failure of the effort, pointing out that previous fencing projects, most notably in San Diego, shifted immigrant traffic elsewhere.

ROB DAVIS

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