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house Bill H.R. 440

Should Private Property Owners Be Fairly Compensated If Homeland Security Takes Their Property?

Argument in favor

The use of eminent domain to take citizens’ property for government purposes hurts landowners and private property rights. While this bill won’t end that practice, it’d at least ensure that landowners are fairly compensated for their property in a timely manner.

Kathi13's Opinion
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04/18/2019
Private property should not be confiscated.
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Aubrey 's Opinion
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04/18/2019
Eminent domain requires fair compensation when the government seizes private property. There should not even be a question.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/18/2019
The government shouldn’t be allowed to steal peoples land and throw people off their property before the deal is done and paid. Pay a fair price for it FIRST plus compensation for disrupting people’s lives. Even children know that. Anything less is theft.
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Argument opposed

The federal government is within its rights to use eminent domain to take private land for government use, as long as the property owners are compensated. By hamstringing the use of eminent domain, this bill would make it harder for the government to meet its responsibilities.

Sal's Opinion
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04/18/2019
The federal government has the right to take private property. They are already required to give just compensation, because of the 5th amendment. This bill would just make the process longer because the Democrats don't want President Trump to address the crisis at the border.
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Mark's Opinion
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04/19/2019
The bill is sponsored by a Never Trumper. Designed to slow roll our border security upgrades. Someone is stuffing cash in this dudes pocket. Follow the money. Always.
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Jon's Opinion
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04/18/2019
I have worked in situations where property owners were “compensated” for property the government agency wanted. Compensation was not close to land values and displaced home owners who were then not able to buy a replacement property at a comparable cost. There is absolutely no reason that homeland security, AKA trump’s SS, should need this. The wall is a trumpian fantasy with no valid argument for being done. Here is a good idea, why don’t the representatives of our citizens, especially the conservative Republicans, grow up and do their jobs instead of lining their pockets at the expense of the citizens of this country. My guess is that greed and pursuit of more and more power trumps doing their jobs.
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      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2019
    Private property should not be confiscated.
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    Leave private property alone!
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    Eminent domain requires fair compensation when the government seizes private property. There should not even be a question.
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    The government shouldn’t be allowed to steal peoples land and throw people off their property before the deal is done and paid. Pay a fair price for it FIRST plus compensation for disrupting people’s lives. Even children know that. Anything less is theft.
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    This isn't right at all. What right does the government have taking anyone's property through eminent domain? And news flash they never compensate anyone with a fair/equitable payment. The Sec. of Homeland Security should never be given this kind of authority.
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    Unless, we are at war the government shouldn’t be taking land. Especially, land that has been in families for years. But let’s face it... this is another Distraction News hoax. Just like all the media attention on the measles, the wall, and guns: more fear-based influence campaigns. At the end of the day, it won’t pass Congress; because, let’s face it, they will be out of a job if it does. Stop playing into Putin’s hands.
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    👍🏻 H.R.440 House Bill AKA “Eminent Domain Just Compensation Act”👍🏻 I’m agreement with and recommend the passage of the “AMASH-R” HR 440 House Bill AKA “Eminent Eminent Domain Just Compensation Act (EDJCA) — would ensure that private property owners are justly compensated if the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) takes their property. To do this, it’d require that court proceedings settling compensation be completed prior to the government taking possession of the property. The use of eminent domain to take citizens’ property for government purposes hurts landowners and private property rights. While this bill won’t end that practice, it’d at least ensure that landowners are fairly compensated for their property in a timely manner. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-440👍🏻👍🏻. 4*18*19.....
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    At the very least the property owners should be given the fair value of their home. In some cases this property has been in the family for generations but because someone decides they want to build a wall or pipeline or prison or whatever else they deem necessary the seller has no choice. That in no way sounds like a fair deal and no that isn’t progress.
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    Eminent domain is cruel and should not be happening at all. Taking people’s own property for a narcissistic grifter is even worse.
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    It is embarrassing that this is even a question. Not one person who used their hard earned money to purchase land deserves to have their property just taken from them . Only if the property was purchase with ill gotten gains. We are smarter than this cone on !!!
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    The federal government has the right to take private property. They are already required to give just compensation, because of the 5th amendment. This bill would just make the process longer because the Democrats don't want President Trump to address the crisis at the border.
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    The bill is sponsored by a Never Trumper. Designed to slow roll our border security upgrades. Someone is stuffing cash in this dudes pocket. Follow the money. Always.
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    I don't think it's right for the government to do this, but if they're going to anyway, of course landowners should be fiscally compensated.
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    Yes, private homeowner should be compensated if their land is being taken by the federal government. This is not a communist nation
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    The law should leave those folks alone. The whole wall idea is ridiculous.
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    NO WALL, assholes.
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    I have worked in situations where property owners were “compensated” for property the government agency wanted. Compensation was not close to land values and displaced home owners who were then not able to buy a replacement property at a comparable cost. There is absolutely no reason that homeland security, AKA trump’s SS, should need this. The wall is a trumpian fantasy with no valid argument for being done. Here is a good idea, why don’t the representatives of our citizens, especially the conservative Republicans, grow up and do their jobs instead of lining their pockets at the expense of the citizens of this country. My guess is that greed and pursuit of more and more power trumps doing their jobs.
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    Yes market value plus 25% because they are being compelled to sell, and if the border fence interferes with water rights then DHS ought also to pay for remediation that problem as well as pay land owners for the inconvenience.
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    I don't care what the reason is - the government must prove in court the country needs your land for security purposes only. It needs to reimburse you for legal representation, and not have any access to your land until it proves your case, and pays you full value.
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    #1) Yes...if the Government takes your land, you should be fairly compensated. #2) NO land should be taken for the Monument to Trump. aka "The Border Wall".
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