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Sens. Cruz and Cornyn Commend the President’s Suspension of BLM Red River Surveys

April 11, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) commended President Trump for his suspension, announced last week, of three flawed surveys conducted along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that led to the attempted unconstitutional seizure of tens of thousands of acres of private property. 

“This is a real victory for the State of Texas,” Sen. Cruz said. “For years under the Obama administration, innocent farmers, ranchers, and families faced unconstitutional affronts to their property and harassment from federal officials. I commend the President for recognizing Texas’ sovereign right to its borders as well as the private property rights of Texans.” 

“I applaud the Trump Administration for stepping in to protect Texas landowners where the previous Administration refused,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Texans along the Red River should not be subject to the seizure of property they rightfully own, and Congress must now work to pass a solution that protects their rights.” 

Sens. Cruz and Cornyn joined an amicus brief in Aderholt, et al. v. Bureau of Land Management, et. al., along with Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and 20 members of the Texas House delegation, to stand with Texas landowners against attempted unconstitutional land seizures by the federal government.  They also introduced the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, which would authorize the necessary gradient boundary survey of the 116-mile stretch of the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma. 

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