Texas plans a floating barrier in the Rio Grande. Here’s what we know about it

Texas Governor Greg Abbott plans to install a floating barrier on the Rio Grande to deter migrants from crossing into Texas.

What to know: The floating barrier will consist of a string of 4-foot-high, bright orange buoys in the middle of the Rio Grande.
* The barrier will span 1,000 feet, with the first stretch of buoys situated near Eagle Pass, a busy migration point, in July.
* It is expected to cost about $1 million, according to Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
* Although the barrier is not completely un-traversable, it is primarily designed to deter large groups of migrants.

Critics’ view: Immigrant advocates argue that the floating barrier will make crossing the Rio Grande even more dangerous and deadly for those who attempt it.
* The U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission is now reviewing Texas’ proposal and its potential impact on international agreements between the U.S. and Mexico.

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