WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Texas border mayors and business
leaders say the federal government did not properly negotiate with
land owners or inform them of their rights when it started
surveying property for the border fence.
The Texas Border Coalition plans to claim Homeland Security
Secretary Michael Chertoff abused private property rights in a
federal lawsuit. Coalition spokeswoman Julie Hillrichs says the
lawsuit is to be filed Friday in Washington.
The Department of Homeland Security has said it plans to begin
building fencing in Texas this summer. The agency wants to build
670 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end.
Chertoff has said previously the agency properly consulted with
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