Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2011
Outside Brownsville, Debbie Loop stands near the 18-foot-high border fence that now divides the Loop family farm. Her house, equipment maintenance shop and fruit stand are on north side, and her son's homes and groves are on the south side. The temporary gap in the barrier behind her eventually will have a mechanical gate. "I can't take it anymore," she says of the division, the condemnation of her land and the expense of her family's legal battle with the government.