The great state of Texas has been defying Obama ever since he became president, and they did so once again on Monday when a U.S. District Court made it easier for them to join landowners in a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Land Management.
According to Conservative Tribune, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Texas will be able to join a complaint filed by nine private landowners, three counties and a county sheriff who challenged the BLM’s “unconstitutional and arbitrary seizure of thousands of acres of private property along the Red River.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 15, 2016
The Dallas Morning News reported that the case involves 90,000 acres of land along the Texas-Oklahoma border which the BLM claimed belongs to the government. Abbott has always supported the lawsuit, which accused the BLM of impinging on private land and violating citizens’ Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, as well as “upon the sovereignty of local county governments,”
State Attorney General Ken Paxton released a press release in which he said property rights must be preserved and he claimed that the BLM was “inaccurately and arbitrarily” attempting to claim the land.
“Washington, D.C., needs to hear, loud and clear, that Texas will not stand for the federal government’s infringement upon Texas land and the property rights of the people who live here,” Paxton said. “The federal government must follow the law and recognize our correct borders, consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court defining the boundary formed by the Red River.”
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