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Re: Cameron County gives feds access to land Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:22:49 AM

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Some good news, finally... Based on my talk with Judge Cascos last week, it sounded like they were leaning this way based on the results of the first court cases. ----- Original Message ----From: (b) (6) To: (b) (6) Sent: Wed Feb 06 07:15:16 2008 Subject: FW: Cameron County gives feds access to land FYI

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For more information about the Secure Border Initiative, visit www.cbp.gov/sbi <http://www.cbp.gov/sbi> or contact us at SBI_info@dhs.gov <mailto:SBI_info@dhs.gov> . County gives feds access to land By LAURA B.MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald <mailto:lmartinez@brownsvillherald.com> February 5, 2008 - 10:22PM Cameron County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to give the federal government access to property owned by the county for the proposed border fence. However, there are some stipulations, which include allowing the county to video tape the areas to be surveyed prior to the actual work being done. Commissioners Court opted to grant access to the federal government rather than fight the issue in court. Voting to grant the federal government access were County Judge Carlos H. Cascos, commissioners Sofia C. Benavides, David A. Garza and Edna Tamayo. Voting against was Commissioner John Wood. Twelve county landowners have already been sued by the Department of Homeland Security, who won a court order to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporary access to 10 of the disputed areas through July 23. County leaders, however, did not respond to a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dated Dec. 7 seeking access to its land. This is the same course of action many property owners followed, before they were named in the lawsuit. The federal government allows property owners 30 days to comply with requests or face litigation.

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