Source: Brownsville Family Loses 10 Acres of Land to Border Wall
“They had surveyors, engineers and if we didn’t consent to what they wanted to pay for the property, they hit us with the eminent domain, the eminent domain means that the government can pay whatever they want for the properties.”
Juan Cavazos is just one of many landowners who will lose control of his property
My views on the border wall have shifted over the last few months. I use to support the border wall and I was ok with eminent domain in certain situations.
My previous posts supporting the border wall:
A Southern Border Wall Would Be Practical But Certainly Not A Panacea
President Trump Issues Executive Order To Build A Border Wall
I’ve come to realize that the arguments in favor of building a wall, especially from some libertarians, basically boil down to the ends justify the means and an appeal to tradition (i.e. we’ve always done it this way) two rationalizations that I usually vehemently condemn in other areas because I can see that that the long term effects are detrimental. These same rationalizations were used to justify some of the worst human cruelties in history. Similar arguments were made by the Eugenics movement in the early 20th century, not just in favor of immigration restrictions, but also anti-miscegenation laws, forced sterilization by court order and at its height state sanctioned ‘mercy killing’ of people deemed genetically unfit, all for the greater good of humanity. We can look down the road and see that the logical conclusion of these expediency justifications is a tyranny that none are safe from.