Daily Outrage: Unguarded footbridges offer quick path from Mexico to US 

WHAT: At each end of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence built to block illegal entry into the U.S., an unguarded metal footbridge crosses the Rio Grande. Numerous recent sneaker tracks show the bridges are popular clandestine routes out of Mexico.

WHY: “It’s not a bridge, it’s a grade-control structure,” according to the U.S.-Mexico International Boundary and Water Commission, which owns them. Structures under the spans help prevent the river — and therefore the international border — from shifting.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: A bureaucratic-language loophole keeps these 1930s-treaty bridges wide open across the U.S.-Mexico border while the drug war in northern Mexico continues to rage. The bridges are now secured only by Border Patrol trucks that cruise sporadically along a levee road.

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