Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump’s border wall

“As President Donald Trump makes his way to vist the border in Texas to present his case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets what it wants.

The federal government has already begun 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.

“You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” said Cavazos, whose land sits along the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. “It’s not about money.”

Congress in March paid for 33 miles of walls and fencing in Texas. The government has laid out plans that would cut across private land in the Rio Grande Valley. Those with property in the crosshairs include landowners who have lived in the valley for generations, environmental groups and a 19th century chapel.”
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Associated Press. Sentinel 9 January 2019.