Trump Administration prepares to seize private property to be used to build the long promised border wall.

By |2019-11-15T08:37:28-09:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments

Keep in mind that a number of these land owners are Trump supporters who do not want to sell at any price.

Courtesy of NBC News

The Trump administration is preparing court filings to begin taking over private land to build its long-promised border wall as early as this week — without confirming how much it will pay landowners first, according to two officials familiar with the process.

Jared Kushner is hosting a meeting with military and administration officials at the White House this Friday, where they are expected to discuss the U.S. government taking over private land to build more sections of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, said two officials.

The commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, is expected to attend, as are two assistant defense secretaries for homeland defense, Kenneth Rapuano and Robert Salesses.

Attorneys for the Department of Justice and Department of Defense have prepared letters of rights of entry, informing property owners that government officials will be entering their land to assess the property, test the soil and conduct land surveys, said two officials.

In a typical eminent domain case, the government agrees on an amount of money before it seizes the land. In the past, the government has paid landowners along the Texas-Mexico border $100 for 18 months of unfettered, unannounced access, according to Ricky Garza, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project. Garza’s group represents five Texas landowners whose property is in the path of the planned wall and who oppose its construction.

According to two officials familiar with the process, however, government attorneys may file under the Declaration of Taking Act in federal court in Texas, which could expedite the process for the government purchase of private land along the border.

Texans do not like being bullied, and many of them are going to fight this decision with everything that they have. 

I think that if the Trump Administration moves forward with this plan that he risks losing Texas in the 2020 election. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Good. Let it happen.

    I am totally against all of it, but if Trump is going to destroy wildlife sanctuaries and cut native american reservations in half, then about time his own cult feels the pain. Especially as it’s been proven his wall is a big, fat expensive joke paid for with our tax dollars. Let them have their land TAKEN because we know Trump doesn’t pay for anything.

    Then they can decide how badly they want to vote Republican in 2020. They can choke on their reality.

    • Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      I agree, when reality sets in and they lost their land, which also could have been in the family for generations, maybe those morons will begin to think about the mess they have put us in.

      All fine and good when it is a chant at some rally, let’s see what happens when the feds come with the bulldozers.

  2. Jono November 16, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Maybe the Mexicans can sell advertising space on their side of the wall or Texans can do the same on their side. Seems like an awesome way to pay for it. Let it continue to be one of many running jokes of the current administration.

  3. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Isn’t private property sacred to the Trumpists? Except when it interferes with their racism. When will Trump take property away from a white man? When it might stop a brown family from living and working here.

    • Make. It. Stop. November 16, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Remember when the Bundys took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon?
      Guess who pardoned them.

      https://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2018/07/president_trump_xxxxxxxx_orego.html

      • Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 9:23 am

        I remember that. If the Bundys weren’t white, they would have been labeled terrorists. The government might have even put down their little revolt with deadly force. The only reason they took the place over is because they didn’t want to pay the bill for grazing their cattle.

  4. ANÓNIMA November 16, 2019 at 9:32 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/stephen-miller-can-push-racist-crap-but-the-president-has-his-back?ref=home

    Since 2015, Miller has been instrumental in the honing of Trump’s anti-immigration fervor and racist rhetoric into actual policy. In the summer of that year, Trump’s presidential campaign put out a much-touted immigration policy “white paper,” which was released after receiving months of criticism that the campaign was all bluster and hadn’t detailed any real policies. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Miller was the principal author behind the white paper—even though he hadn’t formally joined the campaign yet.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago November 16, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I totally support the landowners, especially because of the potentially negative impact on the environmental. I don’t believe that most of the property owners along the Rio Grande in Texas are Trumpers. I hope they file lawsuits and their cases move slowly through the courts. Meanwhile, Trump should be out of office soon and we can hope that in the future he’ll be sporting an orange jumpsuit to match his Halloween complexion.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/donald-trump-border-wall-texas-land

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