I’m not quite sure what to make of this situation:
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.
Now of course this is an Associated Press report (motto: we put the “Ass” into “Press”) so I don’t know how much credence to put into the word “some”, as written above. How many, exactly, is “some”? Five? Twenty? Five hundred?
If it’s just a few, then fuckem. The need for a secure border is greater than their need for a couple hundred acres of (largely) semi-desert. And if it is a small number, I’d have no problem with the wall being built right up to the property line, and have those property owners have to deal with the funneled hordes of illegals trying to gatecrash our party. (Suggestion: the very first time they appeal for help from, say, ICE or the Border Patrol, they get told to shut the fuck up and live with the problem they caused for themselves.)
If, however, that “some” means “lots and lots” then there’ll have to be serious negotiations. I suspect, however, that this threat of lawsuits is simply a negotiating position (for some of them, anyway) so that Uncle Sam can pay them an inflated sum for that valuable land.
I’m often skeptical about the Gummint’s use of “eminent domain” to take private property away from the owners, but if ever there are good reasons for its use, a secure border would probably rank near the top of the list. Lest we forget:
Building in the region is a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security because it’s the busiest area for illegal border crossings. More than 23,000 parents and children were caught illegally crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley in November — more than triple the number from a year earlier.
Myself, I’d hire the selfsame wall-building companies that enabled Israel to keep the hordes of Arabs from flooding their country; that, or thousands of “smart” landmines coupled with robotic machine-gun towers. But that’s just me.