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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:15 PM

Texas landowners preparing to fight eminent domain over proposed border wall

Some landowners with property along the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing legal challenges with the expectation that the Trump administration will use eminent domain to seize land for construction of the president's planned border wall.

The Associated Press reports that the Trump administration would face legal challenges from multiple landowners in Texas, challenges that would not be bypassed if the president follows through on his threats to declare a national emergency over illegal border crossings in order to build a wall.

“You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” landowner Eloisa Cavazos, who owns property along the Rio Grande river, told the AP. “It’s not about money.”

One group the Trump administration will have to face in its fight to secure land for the wall is a Roman Catholic diocese: La Lomita chapel, a historic church built in the late 1800s that still holds services today, has fought to prevent government surveyors from accessing its land, which reportedly falls directly in the administration's desired enforcement zone.

The church's pastor explained to the AP that he believes Trump's plan for a border wall violates Catholic teachings, including the church's responsibility to protect migrants.

“It would poison the water,” Father Roy Snipes told the AP. “It would still be a sacred place, but it would be a sacred place that was desecrated.”

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/424656-texas-landowners-preparing-to-fight-eminent-domain-over

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 9 OP
underpants Jan 9 #1
dubyadiprecession Jan 9 #2
Texasgal Jan 9 #3
ProudLib72 Jan 9 #5
Texasgal Jan 9 #6
ProudLib72 Jan 9 #7
GusBob Jan 9 #4

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:23 PM

1. Oh this is just so interesting

There seems to have been absolutely no thought to second or third tier repercussions.

Of course, Trump flipped on everyone's plans and so....here we are.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:35 PM

2. Texas land owners at the border are also "right of center", so watch your ass Mr. President.

Trump not only wants to keep out their cheap seasonal help, but he also wants to plant a wall on their properties to do it.

Nothing like pissing off parts of your own base.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:56 PM

3. Texans in West Texas

border towns are extremely proud of their land and their views... Trump is going to be quite surprised by this blow back... Texans, especially rural Texans are NOT willing to give up their property. There is a certain pride in it.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:04 PM

5. Do west Texans own any guns?

Because that would make it even more interesting when the feds arrive.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:16 PM

6. Oh, ofcourse...

Big hunting area in those parts.

Yes, this could get VERY interesting indeed.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:39 PM

7. BTW: I was born in Ft Worth

Raised in Arlington. I was being a bit of a smart ass when I posed that question. Just a little humor between Texans who know what is in store for Rump.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:01 PM

4. I heard on the radio

That there are 90 lawsuits still in courts from Bush trying to put up fences in texas

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