H. R. 2686
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 10, 2019
Ms. Waters (for herself, Mr. Takano, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Norton, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Moore, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Tlaib, and Ms. Omar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To prohibit the transfer, obligation, or expenditure of Federal funds to take property for the construction of a wall along the southern border, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Border Property Protection Act.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal department or agency may transfer, obligate, or expend any funds in connection with the use of eminent domain to take any property from any landowner on or in the vicinity of the southern border for construction of fencing, physical barriers, or a wall, including if such transfer, obligation, or expenditure is done in furtherance of the President’s February 15, 2019, declaration of a national emergency pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621) entitled
Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States (Proclamation 9844; 84 Fed. Reg. 4949) or any such related successor declaration.
In this section:
landowner means any person who owns any property.
person means a natural person, any Tribal, State, or local government or similar entity, or any private sector entity.
property means land, including an estate or interest in land, including an easement or right of way in land.