Feds Begin Seizing Border Land in ArizonaJan 16th, 2008 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Immigration, Politics
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THE BORDER REPORT
UPDATE: One court filing shows that Customs and Border Protection is offering $100 for the six months access to the land. Justice Department spokesman Andrew Ames tells me that if there are any damages assessed at the end of the project, the compensation will increase, but with no damages, the top compensation remains $100.
The United States filed to condemn the first six private properties to be seized under the eminent domain laws to begin building the border fence in Santa Cruz County yesterday.
The U.S. Justice Department filed the complaints with federal District Court Judge John M. Roll, according to motions filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday.
According to federal court records, the condemning of the privately held lands gives the U.S. Department of Homeland Security easement rights to the properties for 180 days from the day the property is seized.
This sentencing was particularly interesting:
” …. and to access adjacent lands; including the right to trim or remove any vegetative or structural obstacles that interfere with said work; … “
For you people out east and west of Nogales, you had better hope your home is not interfering with the government’s project.
Now, I just got off the phone with Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s office. The six properties the government wants to seize in Santa Cruz County sit in his district.
Here’s what Natalie Luna, Grijalva’s spokeswoman, had to say on his behalf:
“It’s not a good idea to allow DHS to over-ride community concerns or the concerns of private landowners. It’s not surprising, but it is discouraging that DHS is allowed to run rampant under the guise of keeping us safe and secure rather than following an appropriate process.”
— Michel Marizco