Trump's border wall hinges on legal team devoted to eminent domain; Texans wary
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Written by Todd J. Gillman
Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — The administration made no effort Thursday to explain how it will get Mexico to pay for a border wall, as the White House rolled out a budget that calls for a new squadron of lawyers focused on wresting land from border residents in Texas and other states.
A sea-to-sea barrier of the sort promised by President Donald Trump would require control of land in a narrow strip along 2,000 miles. Not all landowners would be willing to sell. That means the project could require widespread use of “eminent domain” — the power to force owners to sell land for a public purpose.
“You’re taking land that in some cases belonged to people for generations. In Texas, private property rights is a very, very important concept,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat.
The president is asking Congress for $4.1 billion through next year to begin construction of a wall, a barrier projected to cost as much as $25 billion, plus annual repairs.Pastiche, lawal, Gryneos and 4 othersYanath, ChefEric, 7wo7rees, OzoneTom like this
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