/ Modified oct 4, 2017 11:27 p.m.

Bill Seeks to Block Eminent Domain in Border-Wall Building

Two members of Congress want to prohibit the use of eminent domain for wall construction.

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U.S. Reps. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and Beto O’Rourke of Texas filed legislation to prohibit the federal government from using eminent domain to build the proposed border wall.

“It violates people’s property rights. It will violate very sensitive environmental settings and different types of species,” said Gallego

Eminent domain is a way for governments to get property for projects like roads, utility rights of way and parks.

Gallego argued that eminent domain is something the government should use sparingly.

“This does not fulfill the requirements of eminent domain. We, as Congress, have the right to block abuses of power,” he said.

The proposal would not help the Tohono O’odham Nation, which is fighting to keep the wall from crossing its tribal lands.

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