Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Texas landowners lose match against the border fence

New York Times
January 29, 2008

National Briefing | SOUTHWEST

Texas: Opponents of Border Fence Lose Round in Court

A federal judge ordered 10 Cameron County property owners to open their land to the government for border fence surveying, but not before he denied the government the right to take the land without a hearing. The judge, Andrew Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, ordered 10 of the 12 landowners to comply with the government’s request for access to their land for 180 days. Brownsville residents, including Mayor Pat Ahumada, have been among the most vocal critics of the border fence, which President Bush and Congress have ordered built to stop illegal immigration and smuggling.

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