Texas community fears it will end up ‘on the wrong side’ of border wall

Texas community fears it will end up ‘on the wrong side’ of border wall

The US-Mexico border fence is illuminated by car headlights at sunset.

The community sits in a gap between the existing border fence. Property manager Jeremy Barnard says he expects the wall to be built on a levee that runs through his family's land spanning more than 300 acres.

"These residents would be cut off from these residents,” he said, pointing to homes on the north and south side of the levee.

After the Barnard family bought the property in 2015, they realized that it was being used as a smuggling corridor, and worked with Border Patrol agents to secure the area.

"We realize there's something that needs to be done. The question is now: How do we help solve that issue without affecting our business?" he asked.

Barnard said the government could seize the land through eminent domain. He hopes the feds will start a dialogue with them before purchasing any land.

"We would love to have this conversation tomorrow and get it sorted out. But we're more than prepared for up to a two-year (legal) battle," he said.



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