SAFE Act requires $75 million switch to FEMA so farmers, ranchers can apply for compensation and improve safety of land close to border with Mexico
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – A West Texas congressman has filed laws to reimburse border landowners as much as $75 million for damages to their property ensuing from unlawful immigration. The cash would come from border wall development the Biden administration hasn’t used and permit landowners to make use of the cash to reinforce bodily safety on their land, together with constructing fences.
The Securing American Households from Exploitation on the Border (SAFE) Act would switch $75 million in unused border development funds to the Federal Emergency Administration Administration to determine a Border Landowner Safety Grant Program, stated U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas.
“Our farmers, ranchers and border communities are constantly fronting the invoice for the disaster at our southern border. I hear from people every single day that share with me that the price of the immigration disaster is rising,” Gonzales stated. “This laws will assist to make sure that households are now not having to pay for property repairs out of their very own pockets.”
Gonzales from Texas’ 23rd Congressional District and fellow Republican Stephanie Bice from Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District filed the invoice.
The grants would permit landowners in “high-risk” areas of the U.S.-Mexico border to strengthen their bodily safety towards property harm, theft or different losses. They’d additionally compensate landowners for such losses.
“For the reason that Biden administration has chosen to halt development of the wall and refuses to successfully handle the border disaster, Congress should discover different methods to assist folks defend their property and this laws will help. Unlawful border crossings proceed to be a serious problem within the states that border Mexico,” Bice stated. “This laws supplies a pathway to assist landowners who’re in danger or who’ve already been impacted.”
Gonzales earlier this yr met with farmers in Tornillo, Texas, who shared tales of migrants passing via or hiding on their property and sharing stunning tales of violence simply throughout the Rio Grande.
The invoice was co-authored by a number of Texas and Oklahoma Republicans and is supported by farm and cattle bureaus.
“Texas Farm Bureau members proceed struggling devastating losses because of the surge in unlawful immigration,” stated Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening. “Many hardworking farm and ranch households have shared examples of property harm, vandalization, stolen tools, safety considerations and extra.”
The farmers say their considerations about safety stemming from unlawful immigration – which has skyrocketed throughout the Biden administration – have gone unaddressed.
“Farm Bureau members in our neighboring southern border states have repeatedly requested for assist with the intense points associated to trespassing, theft and harm they face when unlawful migrants cross their property,” Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel stated.