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Trump is gone, however land disputes alongside the border proceed beneath Biden.

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After battling for years towards the Trump administration’s plan to grab a few of their household’s land in South Texas to construct a border wall, the Cavazos siblings believed the inauguration of President Biden would carry a profitable finish to their combat.

Mr. Biden had campaigned towards the wall, promised a plan to resolve the authorized wrangling with property homeowners and halted building on his first day in workplace.

“When he first turned president, he stated no extra wall,” stated Jose Alfredo Cavazos, who owns the land alongside the Rio Grande. “A godsend, I stated to myself. He’s going to assist us.”

However on Tuesday, with the Biden administration having missed a self-imposed deadline for checking out the tangled authorized scenario, a federal choose granted “quick possession” of a portion of the household’s land to the federal government.

“It seems President Biden didn’t hold his phrase,” stated Baudilia Cavazos Rodriguez, 68, Mr. Alfredo Cavazos’ sister.

The motion seemed to be a results of a bureaucratic failure quite than any type of coverage alternative, and up to now it seems to be the one case of personal land being taken since Mr. Biden took workplace. However greater than 140 different landowners in South Texas are nonetheless going through lawsuits initiated by former President Donald J. Trump and are ready to see if they may face the identical destiny.

The White Home referred questions in regards to the choose’s resolution to the Justice Division, which in flip cited a courtroom submitting wherein the Biden administration stated it might cease looking for the land after ending a evaluation of the Trump administration’s border wall insurance policies. That evaluation was speculated to be accomplished inside 60 days however is now weeks overdue.

Abdullah Hasan, a spokesman for the Workplace of Administration and Finances, attributed the delay to the complexities created by the assorted lawsuits filed towards the Trump administration for redirecting billions of {dollars} from the Protection Division and waiving environmental legal guidelines to hurry building of the wall.

“Beneath these circumstances, federal businesses are persevering with to develop a plan to undergo the president quickly,” Mr. Hasan stated.

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