President Donald Trump’s border wall on the US-Mexico border, a cornerstone of his presidential campaign last year, is having far reaching affects, especially for some American citizens that happen to own land near the border.
As the Texas Observer recently reported, landowners who own property near the United States/Mexico border are now receiving “declarations of taking” that order them to either accept a lowball offer for their land, or have it seized by eminent domain. One of those homeowners is Yvette Salinas, who owns 16 acres of land in Los Ebanos, in Hidalgo County, Texas.
In January, Salinas received a 21-page document from the federal government explaining that 1.2 acres of her land was needed in order to build the border wall that became a cornerstone of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. She could either accept $2,900 for the land, or have it seized by the government in order to construct the wall after a likely lawsuit.
“We don’t want this wall — the town is pretty much united on that,” Salinas said. “But we don’t want to get sued by the U.S. government either.”
I’d send it back with a big “Screw you and your stupid wall, Donald Trump” in place of a signature, but maybe that’s just me.