On January 28, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered 10 property owners in Cameron County, Texas to provide the federal government access to their land for 180 days so it can begin surveying for a 670-mile fence along the US-Mexico border. The federal government had asked the judge to rule on the case without informing the property owners, a permissible move under eminent domain law, but the judge ordered that the owners to be alerted before the hearing. Earlier that month, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials announced they were preparing over 100 court cases against landowners along the US-Mexico border who have refused to allow construction of the border fence on their properties.
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