Landowners, bankers, city officials and a congressman are all trying to keep the wall from coming and destroying the 265-year-old city's historic downtown.
The coronavirus outbreak led President Trump to close U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico last week. At the southern border, the closure is affecting life on both the U.S. and Mexico sides.
A family was en route to the U.S. when they were attacked Saturday in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The shooting is similar to one in which nine Americans were killed driving in Mexico in November.
In border towns such as Nuevo Laredo, more than 30,000 asylum-seekers are waiting for their day in U.S. immigration court. But criminal elements prey on these migrants who fled their homes.
About 104,000 migrants were taken into custody after crossing the Southwest border — a 28% drop from May. The hot-weather drop "outpaces last year's decline by 11 percent," DHS said.