Landowners With Lawyers Get More For Border Fence Property

Landowners With Lawyers Get More For Border Fence Property

"When the federal government began seizing private land along the U.S.-Mexico border to build a towering fence, Teofilo Flores was offered $1,650 for a slice of his backyard.  At first, it seemed like a square deal. But then the cotton grower learned that his neighbor had received 40 times more for a similar piece of land. And another nearby farmer pocketed $1 million in exchange for his cooperation.  Since 2008, hundreds of landowners on the border have sought fair prices for property that was condemned to make way for the fence.  But many of them received initial offers that were far below market value.  And dozens accepted those amounts without seeking any legal help, only to discover neighbors had won far larger settlements after hiring attorneys." - Associated Press, Oct. 15, 2012.