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Texas AG claims federal government mishandled state boundary survey

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 20, 2016


AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a district court has allowed Texas to intervene in a case that would establish what Texas believes is its rightful boundary for land near the Red River.

“Washington, D.C. needs to hear, loud and clear, that Texas will not stand for the federal government’s infringement upon Texas land and the property rights of the people who live here,” Paxton said. “The federal government must follow the law and recognize our correct borders, consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court defining the boundary formed by the Red River.”

The federal government has the rights to a narrow part of the Red River as part of a Supreme Court ruling dating back in the 1920s. Texas believes that the government has now erred in claiming to own 90,000 acres. Paxton’s office states that the Bureau of Land Management has failed to conduct a proper boundary survey, which directly affects Texas’ ability to demand recognition of its boundary.

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