Texas Republican Opposes Border Wall

The Republican congressman whose district spans one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border, says over 1,000 ranchers and farmers will be impacted if plans to build a border wall proceed. ( Wyatt Bechtel )

A Texas Republican Congressman whose district spans 820 miles of border between Mexico and the United States, is speaking out against proposals to build a wall along the border.

“In the great state of Texas, we care about a little thing called private property, and there’s going to be over 1,000 ranchers and farmers potentially impacted if the government comes in and takes their land,” U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

According to Hurd, 1.1 million acres of privately-owned land would have to be seized by the government if Trump’s border wall expansion project moves forward.

On Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress rejected the funding. At least four lawsuits have been filed on behalf of state governments and advocacy groups, seeking to stop the Trump Administration from reallocating that money.

Hurd, whose district spans more border territory than any other Congressman, and one-third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border, has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s plans for a physical barrier. He has said that calling events along the border a “crisis” is a “myth,” and believes president Trump has entered “uncharted territory” with his use of national emergency powers to secure funding.

Hurd told “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, “I don’t think we needed a national emergency declaration. That is not a tool that the president needs in order to solve this problem.”

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Comments
Submitted by Quentin Bruggeman on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:51

Rep. Will Hurd is probably taking bribes from cartels and smugglers if he is against the wall and only using other excuses to oppose it. Any true American and especially a Texan should know we need a wall to stop all the illegal activity.

Submitted by Kiel on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 07:53

I'm sure that you know better than people who live in the area a d understand the reality of the situation. Good thing we have morons like you to tell us how we don't understand our own area.

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Submitted by chet on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:28

I live in Hurd's District. He is ex-CIA and an establishment hack who does what the globalist elite tell him to do.
This last election almost failed him. We deplorables aren't giving him the vote. In 2020 if a true conservative doesn't primary him out, he will lose to some commie.

And all his numbers in thei article are BS, nothing adds up.

Submitted by FDM on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:39

I think Will is a little off with the "1.1 million acres of privately owned land " would have to be seized for a border wall in his district. Per my math, if 350 miles of fence is built with a 40 foot wide road only about 3, 136 acres of easement would be used. I think most Texans want the wall/fence completed, and most landowners on the border will comply.

Submitted by Calvin on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:11

Representative Hurd is WAY off with his Math. The most outrageous numbers don't equal 1.1 Million acres. 1300 miles of border fence is the MOST that anyone has ever spoken about. If you took a Square Mile for every Mile of Fence - it's still less than 840K acres. The actual number is probably less than 20K acres - even when figuring in access roads, etc. This is a BORDER - so unlike other government takings - there are no properties that need to be split which can/should force the government to buy the whole property. No one - on either side of this debate - knows how to speak the truth anymore.

Submitted by Tom on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 13:15

Given: 1254 mile Texas/Mexico border. Assume 60 ft. wide pipeline right of way for wall.
1. 5280 ft/mile x 60' wide = 316,800 sq ft.
2. 316,800 sq ft / 43650 sq ft per acre = 7.26 acres per mile 60' wide
3. 7.26 acres per mile 60' wide x 1254 = 9,104 acres.
I have experienced the "exaggeration" defense many times before.