What portion of the U.S./Mexico border is covered by pedestrian border fencing?
Pedestrian fences cover 354 miles or 18% of the U.S./Mexico border. These fences are designed to divert illegal border crossers from urban areas (where they can easily escape by blending into the numerous people and buildings) to rural areas (where Border Patrol can more easily apprehend them). They are also designed to delay illegal border crossers so that Border Patrol has more time to apprehend them.
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