At a Glance
For generations after it was first demarcated at the end of the U.S.-Mexico War in the mid-nineteenth century, there were few barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border. And as late as 1971, the sitting First Lady of the United States, Pat Nixon, could say, 'I don’t think we need a border. We’re such good friends with Mexico.' But since 1986, Presidents of both parties have shared a commitment to building barriers along our nation’s southern border, with mixed results. Join John Fanestil, a San Diego pastor and historian who has witnessed this transformation first-hand across three decades working on the border in California, as he shares a brief 'biography' of the border wall.