Construction of Texas Border Wall Stalls Over Fights With Catholic Diocese
At the more than 100-year-old Sacred Heart Children‚Äôs Home, the nuns in charge have refused to give their consent. ‚ÄúThe nuns are holding back for the time being,‚ÄĚ due in part to concerns over river access and irrigation, said their spokesman, Mercurio Martinez.
Other Catholic institutions have said a wall conflicts with their faith, citing Pope Francis, who in a May television interview criticized ‚Äúthis new culture of defending territories by building walls.‚ÄĚ The Diocese of Brownsville has refused federal efforts to survey five parcels of land it owns, including a historic chapel, an oratory with a library and a priest‚Äôs home, and three pieces of vacant land that might someday hold churches. It recently received notice of two more properties the government wants to access.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want to use the church property to say that no matter how dire your life is, you cannot be received here,‚ÄĚ said...
I"ve heard that in Idaho, they want to build a wall to keep out Californians! They don't like them moving to Idaho with more $$ than them, so it inflates real estate prices. (Of course, people who want to sell their Idaho house are cheering them on!)
Many Texas landowners who are neither Catholic nor liberal, are extremely unhappy about the fence, and trouble has been brewing before this year.
Rachel Monroe wrote: .... There‚Äôs a lot to criticize about Trump‚Äôs plan for a border wall. It will be enormously expensive, bitterly divisive, and most likely ineffective; it will also slice through Big Bend National Park and other wildlife sanctuaries, disrupting the migration of more than 100 threatened and endangered species. But the reason why many Texans oppose the wall boils down to one simple fact: It will require them to give up their land....