trump want to build his wall in the rio grande valley. however there my be a church in the way.
right by the rio grande stands the La Lomita chapel,first built in the mid 1800’s. In order to build the wall the land will have to be taken by eminent domain since the church wont sell.
however the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,which is teh law hobby lobby used to deny health benefits for contraception stands in the way
the law prohibits government actions that substantially burden the exercise of religion without the government establishing a compelling governmental interest and no other means of satisfying that interest
the diocese has already filed papers in court to protect the church from seizure
A couple of weeks ago there was a news story about this church. The Priest said that a federal land survey crew had been there to map out the area. The Priest said that their proposed route for the structure would put the church property on the Mexico side of the wall.
I am sure Trump supporters will support bulldozing it. After all these are the same people that up until pretty recently were against eminent domain. Now they lecture everyone on how important eminent domain is and their Lord God Trump would never abuse that.
From what I understood, the land near the border is very uneven and would take much work to put up a structure. So they picked a stretch of land on the other side of the church property which would put the church on the wrong side of the wall (or fence). I guess they do not consider the actual placement of the wall (fence) to be the actual border. I saw a similar report about the proposed wall in other parts of Texas.
Some of the property owners are pretty pissed because the proposed stretch where the government wants to put up a wall is hundreds of yards from the actual border. And so, they would have to take all of that land via Eminent Domain. So instead of getting hundreds of acres pulled from them it would be in the thousands of acres. And they are really pissed off. The Ranchers interviewed were saying that they had lawyers on board and lawsuits ready to file.
its more than that. the rio grande floods on a regular basis. there is something called the International Boundary Water Commission and a water treaty we signed with mexico in 1970 bars any construction along teh river that the commission doesnt sign off on. in addition the treaty bars any construction which, in the judgment of the commission, may cause deflection or obstruction of the normal flow of the river or of its flood flows
they are planning on building the wall atop flood protection levees where are several hundred feet or more inside the US. I went down there a couple of weeks ago to take photos before any wall would be built since there is a state park right on the river with birds you wont find anywhere else in the country