Planned Border Wall in Donna, Texas, Would Cut Off Congregants from Their Church

A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. | Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Plans to build part of President Donald Trump’s border wall near a levee in Donna, Texas, are being challenged on claims that it will “burden” churchgoers by cutting them off from easily accessing their church building.

According to KRGV, the U.S. government has been awarded about six acres of land to the west of Donna’s international bridge by a federal court to construct part of the border wall.

Since Trump took office in 2017, the administration has authorized the construction of border fencing along the U.S. southern border to prevent illegal border crossings, hundreds of thousands of which occur each year.

The Trump administration wants to build a wall south of Alamo over a flood levee where several homes are located in Donna.

The federal government filed condemnation actions in December. The government’s request was granted by federal courts in Texas and Louisiana in January.

In Donna, the land in question is owned by as many as 88 people, KRGV reports.

Advocates say that building a wall on the levee in Donna will cut off houses on the south side of the wall from the rest of the Rio Grande Valley.

Among the residents who could be impacted is Yolanda Hernandez and her family.

Hernandez’s family has owned land in that area for over 100 years.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

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