Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Chertoff prepares court battle to seize private lands across southern border

By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer(c) 2008
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The federal government is preparing to go to court toforce dozens of property owners in the southwestern U.S. to give itaccess to their land for possible construction on it of a U.S.-Mexicoborder fence.
The government is readying 102 cases to gain entry to lands along theborder owned by private individuals, local governments and others. Adeadline for many of the owners to grant entry passed Monday or shouldexpire in a matter of days.
Of the total cases, 71 are against Texas landowners, 20 againstCalifornians and 11 against Arizona landowners. No cases are expectedagainst New Mexico landowners.

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