In this mountain desert town once well known for its hot springs, the landscape is its prominent defining characteristic. Traditionally, there were almost no conspicuous manmade structures here.

With the passage of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 during the George W. Bush Administration came the border wall, more Border Patrol vehicles, and roads made for patrolling along the wall.

Now the wall cuts through the town, scarring the landscape with a stark line.

Route 80, the road that leads through Jacumba was once the main route to the Pacific.

Today, Interstate 8 (just 2 miles away from Route 80) has all but condemned the old route to history. Except, of course, for the fact that Route 80 is used every day by dozens of Border Patrollers.