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The Taking

Legal experts: Emergency declaration may not be quickest way to build wall

Even if President Donald Trump gets his way, eminent domain lawyers say a variety of legal issues would arise surrounding private land seizures that could delay wall construction for years — and even derail it entirely.

Juan Cavazos at his home on Oklahoma Avenue in Brownsville, Texas. The federal government took part of the former teacher's land to build the border fence. 

The Taking

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

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The border fence and levee passes through the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Hidalgo, Texas on Feb. 7, 2017. 

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