Earlier this year a family’s land in Texas will be returned by the Joe Biden administration to build a wall along the US-Mexican border.
For many years, the Cavazos family has been fighting the federal government for their land, passed to them before the Rio Grande River in South Texas became the international border.
The Texas Civil Rights Project, a nonprofit representing the family, tweeted Tuesday that their client, Aloisa Cavazos, had returned her land “after fighting against government seizures and border wall construction since 2018” .
“Now that we have successfully stopped the construction of an unnecessary and useless border wall on her property, Ms Cavazos and her family will be able to continue their quiet and fulfilling lives next to the Rio Grande,” the group said.
The family had fought against the Bush and Obama administrations to preserve their 6.5-acre estate, but when Donald Trump pushed to build a border wall, the Cavazos family delayed court proceedings.
They were hoping to end a year-long battle during Mr Biden’s tenure after he pledged not to build the wall.
In April a federal judge ruled that the administration could “immediately take possession” of their land.
Months later, however, the US government decided to return their land to the Cavazos family after an agreement was reached.
“I would like to thank my cousin, Ray Anzaldua, my brother, Alfredo Cavazos, and my sister, Baudelia Rodriguez, for their continued support and tireless efforts through the process of redecorating our family’s land over the past four years, Which has resulted in this incredibly positive result.” Ms Cavazos said in a statement. CNN,
Mr Biden suspended construction of the former president’s border wall project upon taking office.
He plans to return more than $2bn (£1.5bn) that the Trump administration diverted from the Pentagon to help pay for the wall.
The Office of Management and Budget said in June, “Building a giant wall that spans the entire southern border and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars is not a serious policy solution or a responsible use of federal funds.”
For decades, the US government has built walls and other barriers along the 3,200-kilometre international border to cut off some easy escape routes.
Mr Trump, during his term, set aside nearly $15bn (£11.3bn) for the construction of a “virtually impenetrable” wall.
Despite facing backlash from rights activists, the Republican president had built a 725km wall, moving quickly and waiving the requirements for environmental review and arbitration.
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