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January 10, 2019

Some landowners dig in to block border wall

  • Legal experts say President Trump likely cannot waive eminent domain to take private land by declaring a national emergency.
  • By NOMAAN MERCHANT
    Associated Press

    HIDALGO, Texas — As President Donald Trump travels 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.


     
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