University, Federal Government Reach Deal on Border Fence

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas university has reached an agreement with the federal government that prevents the proposed fence along the U.S.-Mexico border from slicing through the campus.

The University of Texas at Brownsville and the Department of Homeland Security disclosed their agreement to a federal judge Thursday.

Under the deal, the government will not condemn any university land. In exchange, the school will maintain an existing 10-foot chain-link fence next to a levee, and invest in cameras and sensors for additional security.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen accepted the deal in principle and ordered both sides to submit it in writing by Tuesday.  Under the earlier plan, a physical barrier would have cut off the university's golf course and land for expansion at the campus.