In the latest indication that the Trump administration may actually build the President’s long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border, south Texas land owners report receiving letters from the government notifying them that their land will be surveyed for “tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall,” according to KENS-TV.
State Congressman Henry Cuellar (D) says that over 200 survey requests have been made by US Customs in Starr and Hidalgo counties alone.
The mayor of Escobares, a tiny town of just 2,500 residents which borders Mexico at the Rio Grande river, says locals have received letters from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection a few weeks ago seeking consent to survey their land.
“I walk out the back door and what I’m going to see is a 30-foot fence,” Escobares Mayor Noel Escobar said.
Rio Grande City School District board president Daniel Garcia showed us the letter the school got in May. It included a map highlighting about a mile of land the government is eyeing for “tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall.”
“When we voted for it, it was not for any specific reason. They just wanted to come in and survey the property,” said Garcia.
Garcia said the land is not currently being used by the district and said had he known it was meant for the border wall, he would’ve voted against the agenda item. –KENS-TV
81-year-old Roma, TX land owner Felix Rodriguez was visited by a government surveyor earlier this year who offered $300 for a portion of his 500-square-foot property. Rodriguez “often hears gunshots from across the border,” according to KENS-TV.
With midterm elections on the horizon and the 2020 US presidential election just 26 short months away, even breaking ground on the wall may come right down to the wire.