A Texas family that owns land on the Mexican border has received a “Declaration of Taking” from the federal government, according to a Texas Observer story published this week.It essentially gives the family a chance to accept compensation for the government’s seizure of about an acre of borderland.It’s very possible that’s for a Trumpian wall. The president’s budget blueprint requests “.6 billion in high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology, including funding to plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border,” and Politico reports another .5bn will be requested in a supplemental spending bill.The implied commitment to a physical wall is a step in the direction of a literal implementation of the promise that folks like Peter Thiel said should only be taken as a serious intent. Bad news for those who thought Trump’s promise of a border wall just meant, like, an invisible, virtual kind carried out by aerial surveillance, etc.(There’s also an item in Trump’s budget for 20 lawyers to argue these borderland-seizure cases, as the New York Times notes.)Some additional thoughts:1. This process seems especially politically risky in Texas, where many residents like to say they’re Texan first and American second. They’re usually not joking. There’s a pledge of allegiance to the Texas flag that’s codified in state law.2.
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A Texas family that owns land on the Mexican border has received a “Declaration of Taking”...