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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