Texans fight to stop Feds taking their land to build Trump’s Wall


Border wall started by Bush – additions by Trump

❝ When David Acevedo attended a meeting with officials from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Webb County last month, he thought he would come away with more information about the Trump administration’s border security plans…

The only thing he knew for sure was the administration wanted access to his land to conduct surveys and site samples for border security purposes. And in a letter dated Oct. 15, the government asked him to grant access for 18 months.

❝ It’s a familiar fight for people in the Rio Grande Valley, said Ricky Garza, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project who is urging his clients not to allow the government access to their land. He represents five Valley landowners and is in talks with another, he said last week.

“A landowner is under no obligation to sign that right of entry to allow them free access to the property, but it’s in the government’s interest [to have them sign],” he said. “They don’t want the landowners to ever see the inside of a courtroom.”

❝ …the Trump administration is likely to seize the land it wants, said David Bier, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

“I think he’s not going to mess around trying to negotiate beforehand,” Bier said. “He doesn’t have to, according to the courts and according to the statute. He can get away with just taking the land and putting a $100 price tag on everything. He can do that and leave it to the courts to figure out what’s just compensation somewhere down the line.”

This crap legalism relies on law enacted 80 years ago in the Great Depression. Primarily to put folks to work on Public Works projects, provide income and mostly useful civil projects. This is what conservative bureaucrats have turned the concept into.

4 thoughts on “Texans fight to stop Feds taking their land to build Trump’s Wall

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    All it takes to get it done is the profit motive and a lack of ethics. That’s how DHS did it ten years ago.

    “Garza helped negotiate a deal: If Homeland Security would pay to fix the levees, the feds could build their fence on top of them.

    For Homeland Security, it was simple, one-stop shopping — no protests, no environmental hurdles, no need to buy land. Over the next several years, the federal government poured more than $174 million into the bank accounts of the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 to build a fortified levee. The result was unique among the 654 miles of fence constructed by the agency across the U.S.-Mexico border: a looming, 15-foot-high vertical wall of concrete, topped in places by another 18 feet of rusty metal fence.

    What the federal government didn’t know was that Garza negotiated an unusual contract with county commissioners that earned him 1.5 percent of every dollar the drainage district spent on the levee project — in addition to his six-figure salary.”
    https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/29/how-south-texas-bureaucrat-became-multimillionaire-amid-rush-build-bor/

  2. List of X says:

    The most amazing part of this is that most of those people who complain about the government’s overreach and oppression of the private citizens and businesses have complaints about this.

  3. Stinky says:
  4. As if says:

    “Federal Judge Blocks Diversion Of Military Construction Money For Border Wall” https://www.npr.org/2019/12/11/786970173/federal-judge-blocks-diversion-of-military-construction-money-for-border-wall Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Trump administration from using $3.6 billion earmarked for the military to fund border wall construction.
    The Trump administration is expected to appeal Tuesday’s decision.
    Also: “Pentagon to evaluate legality of putting troops at US-Mexico border” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pentagon-evaluate-legality-troops-us-mexico-border

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