Official threatens fence in dispute with US on border access
Albuquerque, N.M.
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Galveston Man Arrested for Cruelty to Animals, Tampering with Physical Evidence, & Terroristic Threats
ߦ   Harris County Animal Shelter in need of help amid major occupancy crisis
ߦ   Sheriff Arrest Four of Five for Brazen Aggravated Robbery
ߦ   Another Significant Sentence Imposed for Sexually Exploiting a Child
ߦ   Business Executive Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery Charge in Connection with Venezuelan Bribery Scheme
ߦ   COPLine Volunteer Listeners Training
ߦ   DEA Museum to host lecture series on opioids and heroin
ߦ   Deputy Constable Named Officer Of The Month
ߦ   Former Kentucky Police Officer Sentenced for Wrongful Arrest
ߦ   FOUND SAFE - Endangered Missing Person
ߦ   Galveston areas reporting 2 feet of flood waters
ߦ   Houston Police Dept - Incident Reports
ߦ   Oklahoma Woman Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of Ricin
ߦ   San Antonio commuters urged to plan for flash flooding
ߦ   Search For Car Burglar And Felony Fraud Suspect
ߦ   Suspect Sought For Clean Scanning
ߦ   Tarrant County Man Guilty in East Texas Armed Bank Robberies
ߦ   Texan, Former State Representative, President of College and Consultant Sentenced for Bribery Scheme
ߦ   Uvalde police officer fired after arrest on charge of sexual assault of a child
ߦ   Female Dallas cop who killed man in his home charged with manslaughter
ߦ   Former Texans player accused of stealing from player trust fund
ߦ   Fugitive Lawyer Involved in Largest Social Security Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for His Escape and Related Crimes
ߦ   Houston-area bar owners work with police to stop DWI patrons
ߦ   In Memoriam: Greg Bozdech - League City VFD
ߦ   Mexican National Brothers Guilty of Trafficking Firearms in Southeast Texas
ߦ   National police group calls for Nike boycott due to Kaepernick ad campaign
ߦ   Nine Arrests In Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering Scheme
ߦ   Officer fatally shoots woman accused of murdering neighbor at apartments in Missouri City
ߦ   Pflugerville: Join us for Camryn's Relentless Battle fundraiser Sept. 15
ߦ   Reward Offered In Stafford Murder Case
ߦ   Robstown-Based Heroin Leader Heads to Federal Prison
ߦ   State trooper dies after years of battling rare blood cancer
ߦ   Sugar Land Area Drug Bust
ߦ   Aransas County sheriff: Illegal immigrant 'destroyed' 2 police dogs during chase
ߦ   Coast Guard interdicts lancha crew illegally fishing US waters

 
Search Archives:

Official threatens fence in dispute with US on border access

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Senate candidate who serves as New Mexico's top land manager posted signs Tuesday along the U.S.-Mexico border aimed at blocking border patrol operations on a one-mile stretch of state trust land over concerns that the federal government is not compensating the state for using the land.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn told The Associated Press that if his office can't reach an agreement over an easement with the federal government, he will install a fence to block access to the property.

Dunn, elected in 2014 as a Republican, announced earlier this year he was running for the U.S. Senate after becoming a Libertarian. He previously considered running for governor and the U.S. House.

Dunn first outlined his concerns in a letter sent last month to federal officials. He said it's an issue of state sovereignty and that revenue earned from development or use of trust land helps fund public education in the state.

"I'm shutting down the federal government just as I would shut down any business trespassing on state trust lands," Dunn said. "Border security is important, but so are our kids and they have a right to collect the money earned from the lands they own,"

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is evaluating Dunn's concerns. The agency said in a statement Tuesday that part of the strategy for securing the border includes developing and leveraging partnerships with state and local stakeholders.

There were no reports that operations had been interrupted Tuesday after Dunn put up the signage and cordoned off the road with tape, the agency said.

The debate about installing more fencing and barriers along the border heated up recently when a federal judge sided with the Trump administration over a challenge to waivers that had been issued to clear the way for construction in parts of California and New Mexico.

There's no timeline for when work might begin to replace barriers along a 20-mile stretch near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The State Land Office began researching the effects construction could have after some state Democrat lawmakers proposed legislation aimed at blocking construction on state trust land.

The State Land Office oversees millions of acres, including a patchwork along the state's southern border with Mexico.

Dunn's staff determined that one parcel between the Santa Teresa port of entry and El Paso, Texas, had been initially conveyed to what was then the territory of New Mexico under the 1898 Ferguson Act. New Mexico officials contend the parcel was never part of the buffer zone that was established by a 1907 presidential proclamation to ensure federal authorities could patrol along the southern border.

Dunn said a survey by the Bureau of Land Management and other records show the state owns the entire parcel and that the federal government never received permission from the state to build the border barrier that has existed there for years, or to use the roads in the area.

There also are questions about whether a right of way is needed for another area where the federal government has installed lights and is maintaining a road along the border.

Easement and rights of way fees would cost roughly $30,000 for the parcels in question, according to preliminary estimates by the State Land Office.

"This trespass issue is not a new issue," Dunn said. "There's been quite a bit of federal encroachment."

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.