October 30, 2020

Trump administration ‘doubled down on’ converting private land for border wall amid coronavirus pandemic

The battle over President Trump’s border wall is still raging amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The administration, citing national security risks, has continued its attempts to seize land from landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border by using eminent domain, which is the power of the government to convert privately-owned land to federally-owned land in exchange for compensation to landowners.

“Since the month of March, the government has filed 24 new condemnation cases to try to take private property from south Texas landowners,” Efren Olivares, legal director at Racial and Economic Justice Program for Texas Civil Rights Project, said recently on Yahoo Finance’s The Ticker (video above). “That’s more than they had filed in the previous eight months. So we’ve definitely seen a spike in efforts since the pandemic began.”

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