The Taking

Inside the federal government's haphazard, decade-long process of seizing private land for a border fence.

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More than a decade ago, the federal government began taking private property to build a border fence in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. An investigation by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune revealed that landowners were paid unevenly – different amounts of money for similar plots of land. Nowhere was that disparity more evident than on Oklahoma Avenue, a two-lane farm road in Brownsville where the fence ends. 

This video is part of The Taking, a project looking at how the federal government abused its power to seize property for a border fence.