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Greg Abbott questions BLM authority to seize Texas land

Greg Abbott....visits with Reno Gustafson during Wichita Falls visit.
Greg Abbott....visits with Reno Gustafson during Wichita Falls visit.
Bonnie Lane

Texas Attorney General and Governor candidate Greg Abbott questioned the authority of the feds to seize 90,000 acress belonging to Lone Star State landowners along the Red River which is the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas, according to an article yesterday Tuesday, April 22 in Breitbart Texas. Abbott, who is the highest-ranking law enforcement official in Texas, is seeking to become the first Wichita Falls native to reside at the Governor's Mansion in Austin.

Residents of Wichita Falls were discussing today the possible impact on land they own near the Red River which almost hugs this city in North Texas.

Megyn Kelly, on her Fox news show last night, also wondered about the right of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) decision to seize property from private citizens who have deeds to the property.

Teddy Henderson, a Texas landowner, said on Kelly's show last night, "This deed has been in our family for generations. We own this land."

Henderson was also shown on Kelly's show saying his family has paid taxes and had title to their land for more than 100 years. He was puzzled what legal right the BLM had to take his property.

Kelly mentioned that the feds had made a similar "land grab" 30 years ago in Texas and that now they were coming back for more. She also mentioned that this was coming on the heels of the same BLM's killing of cattle belonging to a landowner in Nevada recently.

Guests on Kelly's show wondered if the timing was coincidental.

Although Henderson's family has been farming and ranching the land along the Red River for generations, the federal government is now evidently taking the position the State of Texas never had the right to give deeds to the original landowners centuries ago, according to Kelly's guests.

For his part, Abbott said, "I am ready to go to the Red River and raise a 'Come and Take It' flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas."

Abbott, who is leading Democratic opponent Wendy Davis in the race for governor, also sent a sharply-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, seeking answers.

In his letter, Abbott wrote, "I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations. The BLM's newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamanetal principles...including the rule of law....that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box."

This latest incursion by the federal government has people concerned in Wichita Falls, which is only a stone's throw from the Red River. Several residents of this city of 100,000 are concerned about the possible impact on their lives.

There was reportedly a recent meeting of sheriffs from several counties which straddle the Red River concerning recent developments. The Red River was the centerpiece of a John Wayne movie named appropriately enough "Red River."

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