POSTED: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 9:19pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
Cameron County land owners faced off in Federal Court today with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over access to their land, when the border fence begins construction on their property.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen says, It's about making it fair for the landowners.
That's why he ordered that the U.S. government clearly tell property owners how they'll be able to access their land, once construction begins.
The border fence is already going up in many parts of Cameron County.
"My residence is going to end up being behind the fence on the mexican side, of the border wall."
Hundreds of landowners like Ray Loop are already being affected.
Loop says, right now, what he's worried about most is access to his land once construction starts.
"Well we don't have any answers on the access how we'll be allowed, operational gates, will they be closed, or what criteria they'll be closed with," Loop says.
After today's court hearing these landowners will finally get some of their questions answered as to how much they'll get for their land, what property is being taken, and all the access issues.
"We have to get the final takings of what the government's actually taking."
Still, Loop says, he feels in limbo on an issue, he's never supported from the get-go.
"I hope it never gets built," he says.
The judge gave the government a month to come back with specifics for the five landowners in court today, as well as 255 other South Texas landowners.