For the Cavazos family, the judge’s decision confiscated their 6.5 acres of property
Tucson After two years of legal battles, the Cavazos family’s disappointment with U.S. President Joe Biden has been completely resolved. They have lost part of the land along the Rio Grande River in Texas for the U.S. government Can continue to build.
Jose Alfredo Fred said in a telephone interview with EFE: “We really did not expect this decision. We are disappointed, especially after President Biden promised not to build a one-foot border wall. after that.”
A federal judge in McAllen, Texas, issued a court order last week, allowing the federal government to request the expropriation of part of the Cavazos family’s land.
The judicial process began under the management of Donald Trump, but the final decision is now issued by the Biden administration. The Biden administration still condemns this action and has not taken any action to stop 140 cases that are still active in the courts. Cases of property confiscated. federal.
Take the Cavazos family as an example. The judge’s decision confiscated their 6.5 acres of property. The entire area is located along the Rio Grande River, also known as the Rio Bravo River. It is the United States and Texas. The natural border between the states of Mexico and Mexico.
For more than 100 years, the Cavazos family owned these lands in Mission Township. His great-grandfather was from Spain and obtained it after arriving in Mexico.
In the last few months of Trump’s presidency, the federal government tried to build as many border walls as possible, reaching the limit of the Cavazos family’s fortune.
The family is hopeful that after Biden signed an order in January last year to suspend the construction of the border wall for 60 days, their legal troubles will also end.
But now they can only consider the majesty of Rio Grande from the roof of their house for the last time, without a metal wall in between.
Cavazos exclaimed: “I have lived here all my life. This is my home.” Cavazos is 71 years old and has a disability.
The loss of part of their land may also have an economic impact on the Cavazos family. The Cavazos family will receive about 350,000 US dollars in compensation for the loss of this land, but the economy depends on the tourists engaged in water activities in the river. .
But Cavazos is worried that now they will not be able to continue to rent the property. If there was a high metal fence separating them from the riverbed, who would stay there for a few days?
The court order was made 23 days after Biden’s deadline to make a decision on the future of the border wall, but it is still inconclusive.
It was not until the beginning of this month that so much news spread to the national media. This was a message sent by the Director of the National Security Agency, Alejandro Majorcas, who said he was considering continuing to build a border wall to “unify.” Metal fence at the divider.
This is a response to harsh criticism from Republican politicians who claim that the decision to stop building the border wall has fueled a new wave of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors who cross the border every day.
Requisition in advance
Ricky Garza, an attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), told ECE that the administrative order to temporarily suspend the construction of the wall would be “meaningless” without immediate action by the Ministry of Justice to dismiss these cases in court.
The TCRP, which represents most of the affected households, pointed out that the Federal Court is still hearing 140 land acquisition cases, of which at least 116 cases have been “progressed” since the Biden government’s 60-day deadline determined its future. Border wall.
This puts more families like the Cavazo family at risk of losing part of their inheritance and passing on for generations.
Cavazos said: “I don’t know what we are going to do. We may have to build a bridge on our property. We just want to live in peace. I ask all families who continue to struggle for it not to give up.”
At the same time, the family discussed with their lawyers the legal options they now have, including possible appeals, although they know that since the Texas Appeal Court is conservative, they are unlikely to succeed.