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Friendship Park advocates hopeful after pause on border wall

The federal authorities quickly halted development of 30-foot border partitions at Friendship Park following outcry from advocates.

SAN DIEGO — The federal authorities quickly halted development of 30-foot border partitions at Friendship Park. Advocates met for the primary time Monday since that announcement final week.

Customs and Border Protection stated it is quickly pausing development to interact with the group and talk about the proposed plan.

“They would completely obliterate the experience of friendship park in Mexico and the U.S. side,” stated John Fanestil, with Friends of Friendship Park.

Advocates consider constructing 30-foot border partitions throughout the park will destroy its objective as a spot for family members, separated by the border, to fulfill.

“We’re a border family. I think we should share that. A lot of poor people, that’s the only way they can communicate with families who are over here,” stated Terencio Jamatillo, a National City resident.

Friends of Friendship Park is utilizing this pause to realize group help. The group plans to carry a stakeholder summit. Learn extra, here.

They need to encourage CBP to change the development project. They additionally need to persuade the company to open the park greater than a minimal of two days a month which CBP has proposed.

“The fact they’re not building the walls right now gives us some hope we will have some influence,” stated Dan Watman, with Friends of Friendship Park.

They’re hopeful will probably be sufficient to save lots of the park and maintain its objective alive.

“Share cultures, share a peaceful existence, that’s what we need in the world today,” Jamatillo stated.

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