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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:53 PM

As Trump visits border, Texas landowners prepare wall fight

Source: Associate Press

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — As President Donald Trump traveled to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall , landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way.

The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to fight the administration in court.

“You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” said Cavazos, whose land sits along the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. “It’s not about money.”


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Congress in March funded 33 miles (53 kilometers) of walls and fencing in Texas. The government has laid out plans that would cut across private land in the Rio Grande Valley. Those in the way include landowners who have lived in the valley for generations, environmental groups and a 19th century chapel.

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/0b3d63c524214bbdbfb58ce8f61589f0

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:26 PM

1. Bush pulled this stunt and used eminent domain

You have land owners that have to go through a gate to get to their property on the back side of the wall. EACH home owner affected needs to tell Trump they want $5.8 BILLION for the rights to their land for his monument.

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:30 PM

2. I remember that.

The cases were tied up in court for years, too.

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 07:18 PM

4. I've never understood the insistence on making these barriers go through property like that.

Why is it unthinkable to build *around* property? Why is it necessary to cut peoples' land in half? Go along property lines, eminent domain a smaller footprint from both landowners following said property lines, put in place measures to ensure anyone whose whole un-bisected property is caught on the outside of the wall has clear and expedient means of crossing...

...or, you know, not build a fucking wall that isn't going to work anyway in the first place.

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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 06:35 PM

3. What a freaking nightmare!

Thank You, herding

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