A Catholic Diocese of South Texas opposes the Federal Government's request to take possession of its lands, claiming that the planned construction of a border wall that would cross the site of a historic mission "is going to against the First Amendment, freedom of religion ". Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
Last month, the federal government filed a court press release in which it wanted to inspect the land in search of a possible construction and a "fence and related infrastructure" along the border, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram report. The 66-acre land belonging to Brownsville Catholic Diocese is located in Mission, Texas, and houses La Lomita, a historic Catholic mission.
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The diocese has called the government's demands a violation of religious freedom. Bishop Daniel Flores said that land use for border security would hinder freedom of worship in La Lomita.
In another document filed in federal court in McAllen last week, the government said Congress allowed seizure of land for border security more than a decade ago.
"The United States needs immediate possession of the property in question to comply with this congressional directive," reads the document.
The document would refer to the decree of President Donald Trump, which enjoins the federal authorities to "secure the southern border of the United States by immediately building a physical wall at the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel to prevent illegal immigration, drug and drug trafficking ". trafficking in human beings and acts of terrorism. "
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According to the record, the government would need the possession of the land for at least a year to decide the construction of the wall, while insisting that it would not affect the rights of the diocese.
Brownsville lawyer David Garza rejected the claims, saying that a survey of the land would require "one or two days at most" and not an entire year.
No verdict has been reached on the government's requests.