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Trump Admin. Prepares Court
Filings to Seize Private Land
in Texas for Border Wall: Report

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Posted By: StormCnter, 11/15/2019 5:20:52 AM

The Trump administration is preparing to submit court filings as early as next week as a necessary step toward seizing private land in Texas for its wall on the border with Mexico, NBC reported Thursday. Administration officials still haven’t said how much the government will compensate affected landowners. “I still think we’re on track to get the land we need for 450 miles” of border wall, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan told reporters on Thursday. The government may file to appropriate the land in federal court in Texas under the Declaration of Taking Act, which would expedite the appropriation process.

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Do this the right way, Mr. President. Not only should the administration be fair in this situation, doing it the "grab" way will turn a lot of Texas voters off.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 11/15/2019 5:28:59 AM (No. 235536)
By seize private land, I'm sure they mean the land freely donated by land owners who are tired of the drug smugglers and coyotes using their land for illegal activity. I don't trust the media, not National Review or NBC... or ABC... or CBS or 80% of FOX or CNN...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bur Oak 11/15/2019 8:18:09 AM (No. 235655)
I would think the land adjacent to the wall would increase in value after the wall is built.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird 11/15/2019 9:08:57 AM (No. 235718)
The wall in California took relatively little land. It made a great difference. I would think that Texans along the border would be glad to give up a narrow band of land in return for increased safety and security. The notion that it is being “seized” gives the wrong image. The national freeway system was built on “seized” land. Other examples could be cited. The alternative would have been to have massive amounts of land set aside many, many years ago on which no settlement, homebuilding, livestock range, etc., would be permitted in case the land was needed for an undisclosed future purpose. The absurdity of that is evident. I agree with #1 - the language used is intended to be inflammatory. And #2, I would think the land value would increase with increased safety. There is only one way to do this unless the landowners give their land for whatever payment is determined to be reasonable. As it is now, with its use by the criminals coming across the border, I would think the price would be fairly low. The usual way is eminent domain, which by its definition involves the government’s taking the required land. The alternative would be to say that those landowners are permitting illegal activity on their property and go from there. I don’t believe they would want that.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: paral04 11/15/2019 9:31:37 AM (No. 235747)
It is call expropriation and done all the time by the government. Look around at the highways, government buildings, the TVA etc. The government seized that property from landowners. What is the big deal?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog 11/15/2019 10:46:19 AM (No. 235858)
It's called Imminent Domain and there is plenty of precedent for the government, both State and Federal, to compensate land owners for the use. Any fights would be lost in court on national security grounds.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 11/15/2019 1:25:05 PM (No. 235991)
No different than building a highway, bridge or airport. Public purpose condemnation of land has a long history. I have no problem with this land condemnation. The kind that I deeply object to is the seizure of private property from one private person, by the government and giving it to another private person because the government thinks it will get more tax revenue, or prefers the particular business of the recipient of someone else's property. I first saw this when a small. old VW dealership was condemned by a nearby city and given to another company to put in a bigger, fancier BMW dealership, which presumably will/does pay more taxes. THAT was absolutely criminal, in my view, but it passed all of what passes for "legal checks" these sad days.
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