The federal government's border fencing effort has accelerated rapidly in recent weeks with barriers rising in towns from California to New Mexico and workers completing the longest stretch of continuous fencing on the U.S.-Mexico frontier.
The Department of Homeland Security reached its goal of completing 70 miles of new fencing by the end of this month, nearly doubling the length of barriers on the border to about 145 miles.
That the project was finished on time must have come as a surprise to many. Just one month ago, DHS only had 15 miles complete, which drew criticism from Republicans and illegal immigration activists.
But the biggest development is where most of the fencing is going up: rural areas. Previously, border fencing was erected mainly near cities, so illegal immigration shifted toward the country, and DHS is starting to catch up with the trend.