In a case of catastrophic cognitive dissonance, some Trump supporters in Texas have finally realized their vote for the president may force some of them out of their homes for less than they are worth. While others have discovered they will be living on the Mexico side of the wall.
As part of a CNN special report on the impact the wall between the U.S. and Mexico will have on border dwellers in the state that went overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, the network found there is already an extensive history of government lawsuits filed to take property from homeowners. With Trump’s wall planned for the entire border, some of his supporters are now saying they will fight his administration in the courts, reported Raw Story.
According to one family who had their farm cut in half, part of it in the U.S., part of it in Mexico, they are still stunned that government was able to take their property 10 years ago.
“I was very angry, I just kept saying, how can they do that? How is that possible in the United States that they can do this?” D’Ann Loop of Brownsville recalled. “They put up a fence in front of our land and then keep us in here — lock us in. I didn’t understand. I was very — I was floored and flabbergasted.”
Loop says they brought the case to court, but lost and now all their land is on the Mexico side of the wall.
“It left us no property on the U.S. side of the border wall, including my house,” she explained. “Everything was behind — on the Mexican side of the U.S. border fence,” with her husband adding they enter the U.S. through a locked gate.
“You punch your code in or you come behind the border wall, there is a feeling of isolation,” Ray Loop explained.
With hundreds of additional miles of Trump’s proposed wall expected to be built in along the Texas border, thousands of land owners may be be forced to sell their property to the government or stay and live in changed circumstances, reported Raw Story.
According to Pat Bell of River Bend, she voted for Trump but never supported his border wall plan. She may get a lawyer to try to stop her house from being on the other side of the wall, but it is likely she will lose in court.
“Absolutely I would go to the people who are in charge and, you hate to say I would get a lawyer, but if it comes to that issue, you would,” she explained.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)