FBI agents ask US to consult with Mexico, border-property, owner, country, but many remain skeptical

13. November 2016: A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent by a section of the border wall runs in Hidalgo, Texas.


Some owner along the US-Mexican border in South Texas said they have received letters from the Federal government questions, to check their land for the border wall construction.

Residents in the city of Escobares received notification a few weeks ago by the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking for permission to survey their land, KENS-TV reported.

Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, a representative in the area, said there were about 200 such requests in Starr and Hidalgo counties, according to Federal officials.

The mayor Noel Escobar was one of those who received the letter, but he was not eager to take the opportunity. “I’m going out the back door and what I see is a 30-foot fence,” Escobar said.

“I’m going out the back door and what I see is a 30-foot fence.”

– Mayor Noel Escobar from the city of Escobares

Rio Grande City School District Board President Daniel Garcia, said the district has received such a request, as in may, which alleged that the district property is considered for “tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall.”

The school board last month approved a request from the CBP to come to the property for inspection and assessment on site.

The country that the Federal government has an interest in the district, but Garcia said he would have voted against the move, so that the on-site inspection, if he would have known that it could be used for the border wall.

“When we voted for him, it was not for a specific reason. You just wanted to come and survey the property,” Garcia told KENS-TV.

“There is no use for me to sell the land, if I am not much of him.”

– Roma Residents Felix Rodriguez

Earlier this year, Felix Rodriguez, a resident of Roma, Texas, said he visited a Federal employee, offered him $300 for a part of his 500-square-foot property, which are used for the boundary wall – an offer that is too low, from his point of view.

“There is no use for me to sell the land, if I said a lot of him,” Rodriguez said, adding that he wants at least 1,500 US dollars for the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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