Trump Admin Prepares to Seize Private Land for Border Wall

Officials hope to skip legal protection for landowners

White House officials say that the Trump Administration is preparing to discuss next steps in the process of seizing large amounts of privately-owned land on the US southern border, which President Trump intends to use to build his border wall.

Jared Kushner is taking the reins of this process, and will be talking through different options with the Pentagon and Justice Department. Officials say that letters have been drawn up claiming officials have the right to enter the land to appraise and survey it.

This would normally be where the government agrees to prices for the land with the owners, though the administration seems keen to skip much, potentially all of this part, and are expected to ask the courts to just skip any legal protection afforded to landowners.

Since President Trump declared the wall an “emergency” as a way to get money to pay for it, the plan seems to be arguing that they can also declare an emergency for the sake of seizing the land first, and worrying about what the owners get later.

Author: Jason Ditz

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