IT CONFOUNDS THE ABILITY OF EITHER NATION TO CONTROL
The US-Mexico border which was placed right through the middle of the unforgiving Atascosa Highlands was put there not out of any geographic necessity or ecological reality, but due to an entangled history of war, political intrigue, and personal interest. Border enforcement in the Atascosa Highlands is driven by the challenging landscape, and recent border wall construction is just one part of the complicated security apparatus that exists here. While U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has grown from a small group of horse mounted inspectors to one of the largest police forces in the world, the border here is the same unmanageable territory encountered by the first boundary survey in the mid 1800’s. Nearly two hundred years after wresting the current borderline from Mexico, and with all the resources available to the United States government, it confounds the ability of either nation to easily control.