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Eminent Domain Limits Property Owners’ Options

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 04 2019 Feb 4, 2019 February 04, 2019 6:04 PM February 04, 2019 in News - Local
By: Cecilia Gutierrez

WESLACO – The federal government continues to seek land for the border wall project.

Those who are affected can fight but only have few choices when it comes to eminent domain.

As stated in the Fifth Amendment, the government can take land if it proves it’s needed more for public use.

KRGV’s Cecilia Gutierrez spoke with the director of the Racial and Economic Justice Program, Texas Civil Rights Project, Efren Olivarez.

"It happens often when the government is planning on building a highway or a bridge or a dam, and in this case a wall,” explains Olivarez.

There aren’t many choices when it comes to fighting for land through eminent domain.

Olivarez says those who want to fight should seek legal representation immediately.

If property owners can’t agree with the federal government on a just amount of compensation, they have a right to request a jury for a court hearing.  

Watch the video above for the full story.

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