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Texas AG to BLM: “Come and Take It”

After the federal Bureau of Land Management unsuccessfully attempted to extract monies at gunpoint from a Nevadan rancher, Breitbart Texas now breaks a story where the same agency is now attempting to seize 90,000 acres from the State of Texas, specifically along their Oklahoman border.

“I am about ready,” [Texas Attorney] General [Greg] Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” …

Abbott challenged the BLM director directly stating in his letter [to BLM Director Neil Kornze], “Nearly a century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the gradient line of the south bank of the Red River—subject to the doctrines of accretion and avulsion—was the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. Oklahoma v. Texas, 260 U.S. 606 (1923). More recently, in 1994, the BLM stated that the Red River area was “[a] unique situation” and stated that ‘[t]he area itself cannot be defined until action by the U.S. Congress establishes the permanent state boundary between Oklahoma and Texas.’  Further, the BLM determined that one possible scenario was legislation that established the ‘south geologic cut bank as the boundary,’ which could have resulted ‘in up to 90,000 acres’ of newly delineated federal land.  But no such legislation was ever enacted.”

The full letter can be found here.

In the article, Gen. Abbott believes that this apparent issue can be resolved legally, and — as he puts it — if he goes to court over the issue, it’ll be his 31st lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

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