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Immigration Law

Border Land, Seized by Trump for Wall, Returned to Family

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, Dec. 7, 2021

"The Biden administration will return the land of a Texas family after seizing the property earlier this year for border wall construction, according to a Tuesday court filing.  Since 2018, the Cavazos family had been fighting to keep their 6.5 acres of property located along the US-Mexico border from being taken for wall construction. But in April, a federal judge ruled the federal government could take "immediate possession" of the land, delivering a blow to the family who thought the case would be dropped under the Biden administration.  Generally, the government is allowed to acquire privately owned land for public use. Under then-President Donald Trump, officials moved at a faster rate to obtain land to build border barriers. The Biden administration, meanwhile, has moved to return land after ceasing construction.  Now, nine months later, the Cavazos family is among those getting their land back after reaching an agreement with the federal government."