Eminent Domain and the Border Wall: Protecting Private Property along the Border

Capitol Hill Briefing
September 12, 2017
3:00PM to 4:00PM EDT
214 Capitol Visitor Center
Featuring Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University; Efrén Olivares, Racial and Economic Justice Director, Texas Civil Rights Project; Christian Ramirez, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition; moderated by David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.

Congress is considering whether to fund a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. The impact of this construction on residents who live and work along the border deserves more attention. The federal government owns only one-third of the land on the southwest border; the rest is in private or state hands. Borderwide fortifications would require taking large amounts of private property through eminent domain. Join us for a discussion of how Congress should protect property and other constitutional rights as it debates how best to secure the border.