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Outcome on DT Hearings in Brownsville, Texas Monday, January 28, 2008 5:48:41 PM High

DHS victorious in quest to survey borderlands
Judge rules government can access and clear out prospective fence grounds

By Emma Perez-Treviño January 28, 2008 - 1:20PM U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled on behalf of the U.S. government Friday, granting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security access to properties in Cameron County for surveying and testing DHS also won the right to trim or remove any vegetative or structural obstacles on the properties that interfere with its purpose and work toward construction of a border fence. “To the extent possible, the government shall use contractors that have appropriate liability insurance,” the judge’s order states. Hanen, however, denied DHS’ request for entry into lands adjacent to the properties, if the affected property owners do not own the adjacent lands. Hanen issued his ruling following a court hearing in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas. His order specified that the court “will make itself available, if needed, for the resolution of any disputes, but it expects all parties to act cooperatively and with due concern for the rights and needs of the other parties in the implementation of this order.” For more on this developing story, see Tuesday’s Brownsville Herald. eperez-trevino@brownsvilleherald.com

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