According to River Bend Resort and Golf Course, the border wall President Donald Trump intends to build along the southern border of the United States would severely splice the Brownsville club’s business, as well as the course itself.
Speaking to Fox Business, River Bend general manager Jeremy Barnard said, “We haven’t received any kind of notice from the government or Trump’s team, but if it followed the same path that it did in 2006 when Bush built the fence, 70% of our 319 acres would be south of that wall.”
At the risk of being “swallowed up,” Barnard mentioned that the projected wall would also affect 200 nearby residents as well as 15 of the 18 holes at the River Bend golf course. Understanding that an eventual eminent domain dispute is likely to be forthcoming, both the president and Barnard have retained legal counsel.
“We are just preparing ourselves so that if there is a fight, we are prepared for it,” Barnard said.
Barnard, despite a working relationship between his resort and the office of Immigrant and Customs Enforcement, says that the wall is unlikely to be the strongest course of action to mitigate the effects of illegal immigration.
“I recognize that there is a security issue where there is something that needs to be handled and the wall can be a tool in some areas, but I believe in areas like our golf course, there’s better tools that we can use, whether it’s drones or boats or ATVs or boots on the ground.”
H/T: Fox Business
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