Some landowners along the US-Mexico border in South Texas said they had received letters from the federal government asking them to check their land for the construction of the border wall.

Residents in the city of Escobares received a few weeks ago communications from the Army Corps of Engineers and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which asked for permission to visit their country, KENS-TV reported.

Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, a local representative, said there were more than 200 such requests in the Starr and Hidalgo districts, federal officials said.

Mayor Noel Escobar was among those who received the letter, but he did not want to take this opportunity. "I'm going through the back door and what I'm going to see is a 30-foot fence," Escobar said.

"I'm going out the back door and what I'm going to see is a 30-foot fence."

– Mayor Noel Escobar from the city of Escobares

Rio Grande City School District Governor Daniel Garcia said the district received a request in May claiming that district ownership is being considered for "tactical infrastructure, such as a boundary wall".

The school board approved a request from CBP last month to access the property for survey and site assessment.

The country that the federal government was interested in is not being used by the district, but Garcia said he voted against the move to allow the location assessment if he knew it could be used for the border wall.

"When we voted for it, there was no particular reason to just come in and visit the estate," Garcia told KENS-TV.

"It does not bother me to sell the land if I do not get much of it."

– Roma resident Felix Rodriguez

Earlier this year, Felix Rodriguez, a resident of Roma, Texas, said he had visited a federal employee who had offered him $ 300 for part of his 500 square meter plot, which would be used for the border wall, too low in his view ,

"It does not bother me to sell the land if I do not get much," said Rodriguez, adding that he wanted at least $ 1,500 for the land.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis,


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