April 2, 2016
Washington Post -- April 1, 2016
Donald Trump's Great Wall of eminent domain
Randal John Meyer of the Cato Institute has an interesting article explaining how Donald Trump's plan to build a wall across the Mexican border would require the use of eminent domain to forcibly displace large numbers of American property owners:
What Donald Trump doesn't want you to know about his plan to build a “Great Wall” between the U.S. and Mexico: He'd need to steal private property from Americans to build it.
In 2013, the federal government succeeded in using eminent domain to acquire the land rights to build a border fence across Dr. Eloisa G. Tamez's ancestral home in 2013. Dr. Tamez's land has been in her family since the King of Spain granted it to them in 1767. But it rests on the U.S.-Mexican border, so the Department of Homeland Security took it to erect a border wall under a federal law enacted during the Bush administration.
The Great Wall of Trump would mean hundreds, if not thousands, of Tamezes....
The Government Accountability Office reports that “federal and tribal lands make up 632 miles, or approximately 33 percent, of the nearly 2,000 total border miles.” What of the remaining 66 percent? “Private and state-owned lands constitute the remaining 67 percent of the border, most of which is located in Texas.”
That means that if Trump's plan to build another 1,000 miles of wall is carried to fruition, thousands more homeowners will see their property destroyed or partially walled-off.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
What the Post won't tell you
A quick glance at American Border Patrol's Operation BEEF will show that much of the existing fencing in Texas lies atop the Rio Grande levee system.
There would have been more, but Sen Hutchinson stopped it.
There is a way to enhance the levee system without even installing a fence, but the Washington Post refuses to tell you about it.