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Border Wars Trump Style

The U.S. has actively been pursuing the wall between the United States and Mexico.  And, no, Mexico is not paying for it.  Since the month of March, the government has filed 24 new condemnation cases to acquire private property from South Texas landowners which is more than were filed in the preceding eight months.  All this despite the pandemic. There are currently 657 miles of primary barriers and 50 miles of secondary barriers along the 2000-mile border. Remember that the vast majority of the barriers were constructed prior to the… read more

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Border Wall Land Grabs

The New York Times reported on May 30, 2020 that the Trump administration is accelerating efforts to seize private property for Trump’s border wall.  The government is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to survey land while its owners are confined indoors.  This blog has written about the wall before.  How’s the Wall Going? February 10, 2020; How’s Your Wall Going? Part II, February 27, 2020.  These blogs discussed the destruction of protected saguaro cactuses which can live for 200 years.  It’s a crime to cut down a saguaro, punishable… read more

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How’s Your Wall Going? Part II

          We previously wrote on this subject on February 10, 2020.           The New York Times on February 27, 2020 reports the desecration of tribal lands by the Trump administration’s scramble to build a wall at America’s border with Mexico.  The article written by Simon Romero reports the destruction of protected saguaro cactuses which can live for 200 years.  Ordinarily, cut down a saguaro and you can face years in prison.           The remains of chopped-up saguaros are now visible along a swath of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona,… read more

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TRUMP’S WALL – A MIRAGE IN THE DESERT

          Donald Trump has made building a wall along the southwest border a cornerstone of his administration.  Trump has misappropriated government funds including $3.6 billion in money which was allocated for military construction to build the wall, but there is one necessary element missing, “the land.”  Congress – even while under Republican control, has repeatedly refused to appropriate the money demanded by the President to fund the project.           There are 1,350 miles of the southern border which is unfenced.  He originally wanted to fence 1,000 miles, but has reduced… read more

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SO, YOU’RE BUILDING A WALL IN TEXAS – NOT SO FAST!

          In declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, President Trump described the move as the fastest path to construction.  But a variety of legal issues could delay wall construction for years and even derail it entirely.  To start with, when there is Congressional authorization, the federal government can take land for an authorized project.  This proposed taking is not authorized by Congress.  Far from it, Congress has indicated that it is absolutely opposed to the project.  Trump is attempting to do an end run around Congress by… read more

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