The Taking

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

Illustration by Susie Cagle/ProPublica, Martin do Nascimento for The Texas Tribune

The Taking, illustrated: A Texas family's story of losing land for the border fence

In comic strip form, read one border resident's story of waiting nearly a decade for the government to pay for land it seized for the border fence. It's part of The Taking, a Texas Tribune/ProPublica investigation that exposed the federal government's haphazard methods for seizing Texans' land for the border fence.

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The Taking: How the federal government abused its power to seize property for a border fence

A decade ago, many border Texans got a raw deal when the federal government seized land for a barrier — while others pushed up the price, a Texas Tribune/ProPublica investigation found. As the Trump administration pushes for a border wall, will the government's rushed, haphazard process be repeated?

 

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How a South Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid the rush to build a border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he — and his family — stood to make millions from it.

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The border fence looms over these Texans. Should the government pay them?

Scores of Texas landowners who have lived in the shadow of the border fence for years were never compensated for any damage to their property values, a Texas Tribune/ProPublica investigation found. Some now live in the "no man's land" between the fence and the Rio Grande.

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An investigation by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica revealed that landowners were paid unevenly for similar plots of land when the federal government began taking property to build a border fence in the Rio Grande Valley. Hear the stories of a few of those landowners.

How the border fence cut through one Brownsville neighborhood (video)

An investigation by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica revealed that landowners were paid unevenly for similar plots of land when the federal government began taking property to build a border fence in the Rio Grande Valley. Hear the stories of a few of those landowners.

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El gobierno federal abusó de su poder para apoderarse de propiedades y construir una cerca fronteriza

Hace una década, muchos residentes de la frontera en el estado de Texas recibieron tratos injustos, mientras que otros aumentaron significativamente la oferta, cuando el gobierno federal exigió la venta de propiedades privadas para construir una cerca, según descubrió una investigación de The Texas Tribune y ProPublica. A medida que la administración de Trump sigue presionando para la construcción de un muro fronterizo, ¿se repetirá el proceso apresurado y caótico del gobierno?

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