BLM land grab now expanding to Texas; AG Abbott defiantly warns ‘Come and Take It’
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
On the heels of its attempt to deploy a small army to Nevada in a bid to collect back fees from rancher Cliven Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now has its sights set on grabbing land in Texas, only state officials there have a message for the federal agency: “Don’t.”
According to Breitbart News, the agency is currently reviewing a potential federal takeover of 90,000 acres along a 116-mile stretch of land along the Texas/Oklahoma border, even though the land is in private hands and has been deeded property of Texas landowners for generations.
Sid Miller, a former Texas state representative and current GOP candidate for the Texas Agriculture Commission, has since made the matter a campaign issue.
“In Texas,” Miller said, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent.”
Miller was referring to a 1986 case in which the BLM seized some of Henderson’s land. Henderson sued the agency but wound up losing 140 acres that had been in his family for decades. And now the BLM is using his case as a precedent to take tens of thousands more acres of privately held land.
‘Come and take it’