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Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the sole Republican representing a congressional district along the southern border, said more than 1,000 farmers in his state are at risk of having their land seized by the federal government to facilitate the construction of President Trump’s long-promised wall.
“In the great state of Texas, we care about a little thing called private property, and there’s going to be over 1,000 ranchers and farmers potentially impacted if the government comes in and takes their land,” Hurd said on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Hurd, who has been vocal about his opposition to the construction of a continuous border wall, said an effective plan to bolster border security involves investing in technology, increasing the number of border officials and building barriers along some parts of the frontier. An national emergency proclamation, he added, is not a “tool that the president needs in order to solve this problem.”
“Our government wasn’t designed to operate by national emergency. Unfortunately, a Congress that existed before I was born usurped some of their power, gave some of their power away to the executive branch,” he said, referring to the. “Our government was designed for the most ultimate power, the power of the purse, to reside within Congress. And we shouldn’t have an executive — I don’t care if it’s Republican or Democrat — that tries to get around Congress with this national emergency declaration.”
Texas Republican @HurdOnTheHill says he would support some type of Congressional measure that reviews how a president declares a national emergency, “My concern is our government wasn’t designed to operate by national emergency.” pic.twitter.com/8HTZD56FqS
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 17, 2019
GOP Rep. Will Hurd, whose district in Texas spans about 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, tells @FaceTheNation: “I don’t think we needed a national emergency declaration. That is not a tool that the president needs in order to solve this problem” https://t.co/LmatxUExEN pic.twitter.com/akVBTrwmwZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 17, 2019
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