TX Gov. Rick Perry Hits Back at Feds Over Potential Land Grab
First it was the battle between a Nevada rancher and the feds. Now is the government trying to mess with Texas? The Bureau of Land Management may be preparing to claim 90,000 acres along the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma as public domain, according to a report.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott dared the feds to seize the land. Breitbart.com reported:
Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab.
“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”
BLM claims the land is in the public domain. The agency said in a statement:
The BLM is categorically not expanding Federal holdings along the Red River. The 140-acres in question were determined to be public land in 1986 when the U.S. District Court ruled on a case brought by two private landowners, each seeking to adjust boundary lines for their respective properties. The BLM was not party to any litigation between the landowners. The 140-acres were at no time held in private ownership.
Today on Your World, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R), an avid supporter of Abbott for governor, said the AG is on the right side of this issue.
“I don’t think Americans want to see another one of these exhibitions from the federal government of them coming in with armed troops over an issue that ought to be taken care of with a little common sense,” Perry said.
The governor believes that the federal government already owns too much land.
“[Is] the federal gonna come back in and say you know what, Mexico used to own the state of Texas so let’s have a conversation about who are the rightful [owners] of this,” Perry said. “Are we going to re-litigate every piece of private property that we got in this country ‘cause we have a federal government that’s out of control?”
In the Nevada ranch standoff, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) called rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters “domestic terrorists.”
Perry recommended that the Senate majority leader go spend time with the people he’s disparaging. Guest host Stuart Varney asked the governor if he has a problem with armed citizens uniting to oppose the feds.
The bigger problem, Perry said, is that the feds are making citizens feel like they have to use force to deal with their own government. “The Bureau of Land Management needs to be really careful about […] acting like private property is something that they can control.”
Switching gears to the 2016 presidential election, Perry said he has given “serious” consideration to running again, adding that it’s “an option that in 2015 we’ll make.”
Watch the interview above to hear what Perry’s doing to draw more business owners to Texas, immigration and more.