Bill would ban eminent domain for border wall

Article by Madlin Mekelburg, USA Today Network Austin Bureau

AUSTIN — Two Democratic congressmen on Wednesday announced plans to introduce a bill that would prevent the federal government from seizing private property to build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, and Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, said they expect to introduce their legislation — called the Protecting the Property Rights of Border Landowners Act — in the House next week. 

O'Rourke said the wall, which could cost between $20 billion and $25 billion, would place an additional burden on Texas property owners because because "that wall will be built not on the international boundary line between the United States and Mexico. It will be built in the U.S. and much of it will be on U.S. property owners’ land."

"We do not need a 2,000 mile, 30-foot high wall separating us from Mexico," O'Rourke said, adding that it would not improve safety or deter people looking to enter the country.  Read More