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Feds Sue Local Landowners For Access to Their Border Property

The U.S. government is suing two landowners in Imperial County for access to their properties along the U.S.-Mexico border. The government wants to survey the land in preparation for building more fen

Feds Sue Local Landowners For Access to Their Border Property

The U.S. government is suing two landowners in Imperial County for access to their properties along the U.S.-Mexico border. The government wants to survey the land in preparation for building more fencing along the border. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

The lawsuits are the first against California landowners.

The government has filed 47 more against people in Arizona and Texas.

Department of Homeland Security officials say there'll be 102 in all, with 20 total in California.

The government wants access to the border properties for about three months.

During that time, they'll send in contractors to survey the terrain in preparation for possibly building more border fencing, roads and structures government officials say will help secure the border.

A federal judge in San Diego ordered the landowner in one case to grant the government access.

The other case is still pending.

The landowner would not speak on the record.

The lawsuits have riled people in Texas and Arizona. Many fear they'll lose property that's been in their families for centuries.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.