This Land is My Land...?

The debate around the border wall has focused mainly on 2 aspects-the cost (and who would foot the bill) and the efficacy. There is another issue here, one that I personally find deeply troubling.

Eminent Domain is the legal process that allows the government to seize private property for public works. Have you heard of it before today?

In Texas alone, there are more than a thousand ranchers, farmers, business owners and residents that are now faced with the possibility of losing their land and homes (many of which have been family property for generations) so that Trump can have his wall. If you support the wall, would you be willing to sacrifice your ancestral home for it?

The GOP has long claimed to be the "small government" party. Do you think that seizing private property is a small government move?

Trump had this to say in the subject: "If we can't make a deal, we take the land and we pay them through a court process. Which goes actually fairly quickly. And we're generous. But we take the land." Well, once again, he is mistaken. The last time the United States used eminent domain for border security was in 2006 when George Bush attempted to build 700 miles of fencing. That move was met with around 400 lawsuits launched by private property owners in an effort to maintain control of their land. More than a decade later, a quarter of those lawsuits are still unresolved. Do you think that President Trump understands the ramifications of his wall?

This isn't the first time that Donald Trump has tried to take someone else's land because he wanted to build something. In 1961, Vera Coking and her husband bought a home in Atlantic City. After her husband died, she remained in the home. In 1993, Donald Trump decided that her property would be better suited as a limousine parking garage. Understandably, Ms. Coking disagreed. Using the power of eminent domain, the city condemned her house; offering her 1\4 of what she had previously turned down. Instead of rolling over and cashing the check, Ms Coking fought. And she won. She remained in her home for another 20 years before moving to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. The property was then purchased by the same man who bought Trump's failed casino. Though the property was eventually demolished, it lives on. Did you know that Ms Coking's home was the inspiration for the movie Up?

Vera Coking wasn't the only elderly person to take on DJT and his empire over property rights. He also attempted to force a Scottish couple out of their home for one of his golf courses. When he lost that case, he had their property fenced in and sent them a bill for the fencing! Have you ever had legal issues with unpleasant neighbors?

03/09/2019 Politics 2311 119 By: insouciantlila


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