Eminent domain is a term that keeps coming up in the news but what does it mean? The power of eminent domain is the taking of private property by public entities, without the consent of the landowner. The process of eminent domain is called condemnation. Public entities include the city, county, state or federal government as well as private companies. These entities are referred to as condemning authorities.
The federal government is utilizing its eminent domain power to seize land for the U.S./Mexico border wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build thirty-three miles of barrier in Starr County and Hidalgo County. They have started notifying landowners in these counties of the government's plans to take the land.