This outrageous illegal act makes my blood boil as it should for every Texan ...
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas This is a federal land-grab pure and simple
. The BLM has done it before some 30 years ago when they took 140 acres from Tommy Henderson a proud Texas landowner said Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
following reports that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management(BLM) intends to take over a significant stretch of land on the border of Texas and Oklahoma
At issue still is the definition of the boundary as the southern vegetation line which shifts as the rivers course changes
According to Dewhurst it is illogical to argue the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma the southern vegetation line can move south as the rivers course changes but can never move northward
This outrageous illegal act makes my blood boil as it should for every Texan
who believes in the sanctity of private land ownership said Dewhurst.
In 2000 while serving as Texas Land Commissioner Dewhurst signed the Red River Boundary Compact essentially resolving the long-running dispute with Oklahoma over the definition of the border between the two states.
The 106th Congress through House Joint Resolution 72 granted its consent to the Red River Compact and the new Texas-Oklahoma boundary it established effective August 31 2000.
The federal governments history of arrogant overreach is approaching a new low with the Bureau of Land Managements threat to confiscate up to 90000 acres of Texas land said Dewhurst.
Taking private property away from Texas families who in some cases have paid taxes on the property for over 100 years since they assumed ownership from the State of Texas is entirely unacceptable Dewhurst said.
Unfortunately the BLM with a heavy hand characteristic of the federal government has argued that deeds and patents to some 90000 acres were awarded at a time the State of Texas had no legal right to do so.
Dewhurst called on Texas Attorney General to file suit against the Federal Bureau of Land Management to stop the illegal taking of Texas lands.