Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took to Twitter on Friday to mock Trump’s plan to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexican border.
Bush tweeted a simple three-word statement: “Reality sets in,” followed by a link referencing a Wall Street Journal article titled “Trump Can’t Build a Border Wall Without the Real Estate.”
Reality sets in. https://t.co/OnjcBTelhV
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 17, 2017
The WSJ report alleges that in order for the wall to be built, the U.S. government would need to claim ownership of the nearly 2,000 miles bordering the U.S.-Mexico border, most of which they cite is private property.
To build the wall, the U.S. would need to own all 1,954 miles of the border. Most of this land is now private property—especially in Texas, where the U.S. government owns only 100 miles of the 1,254-mile border.
To gain possession of that land, the reports stated the Trump administration “would need to employ eminent domain, the authority under the Fifth Amendment to seize private property for public use upon payment of ‘just compensation.'”
WSJ went on to say that history has shown seizing privately-owned land for the sake of constructing a border fence comes with plenty of challenges.
In 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act with strong bipartisan backing, including the support of New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, now Senate minority leader. The law authorized construction of a border fence along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, including 100 miles in Texas. Lawmakers expected swift completion of the project.
Instead, a decade later, there are unfenced gaps—because the fence had to have holes to accommodate local ranchers whose cattle graze on the southern side, but also due to property owners’ fighting land seizures in federal court.
Bush’s mocking Twitter post was directed to a man who has made his fortune acquiring property and constructing buildings.
President Trump is now making the border wall a priority to make good on his campaign promises.
The Hill reported that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly indicated that he wants the wall to be completed within the next two years.
H/T: The Hill
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