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Border Wall Construction Stopped Near Second Upper Valley Cemetery

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A local judge has granted a second restraining order to stop border wall construction near a historic cemetery south of Pharr.

The McAllen Monitor reports State District Judge Israel Ramon granted a temporary restraining order against Southwest Valley Contractors, stopping border wall work near the Jackson Ranch Church and Cemetery.

Congress has passed legislation that prohibits border wall construction through historically designated sites. Judge Ramon agreed with the complaint that construction just yards from the cemetery violates the spirit of the legislation.

The judge’s restraining order follows one issued earlier in the week that stopped construction close to the Eli Jackson Cemetery. The two cemeteries hold remains of soldiers and others dating back to the Civil War.

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