Hundreds of Texas landowners get notice of Trump administration’s land grab

“90-year-old Texan Elvira Canales said that while no one from the federal government has told her a proposed border wall could go through her land, she’s nonetheless prepared to fight to defend what is hers. “I won’t sell it,” she said, “or I won’t give it permission because it’s my property for generations and generations.” Hundreds of others, however, could be bracing for a bitter fight.”

Hundreds of Texas landowners get notice of Trump administration’s land grab

90-year-old Texan Elvira Canales said that while no one from the federal government has told her a proposed border wall could go through her land, she’s nonetheless prepared to fight to defend what is hers. “I won’t sell it,” she said, “or I won’t give it permission because it’s my property for generations and generations.” Hundreds of others, however, could be bracing for a bitter fight.

“More than 570 landowners in two counties, Hidalgo and Starr, have received right-of-entry letters from the government asking to survey their land for possible border wall construction,” NPR reports. Possible, because Congress has firmly rejected Donald Trump’s border wall, and now his fake emergency is seeking to raid military pensions. The administration is seeking billions, but Texans who have fought the government over previous plans to build border barriers have been paid fractions of that. In 2007, Eloisa Tamez fought a plan to seize her land and lost. She got $56,000. “I converted some of that for scholarships for graduate nursing students,” she said.

Those hundreds of Texas landowners should know who’s to blame for this current mess. “We look forward to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz explaining to this 90-year old border landowner and others how this represents constituent service at its finest,” said Mario Carrillo of immigrant rights advocacy group America’s Voice. “The land grab pushed by Republicans seems strikingly at odds with the GOP’s self-image as the party of small government and property rights, but Cornyn and Cruz’s acquiescence to Trump is on brand for our state’s senators.”

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