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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016
CONTACT: CAROLINE ESPINOSA
P: 512-472-2700
E: cespinosa@texaspolicy.com

TPPF Defends Red River Landowners
From Armed Searches

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) today filed a response to the Bureau of Land Managements motion to compel access to property owned by TPPF’s clients in Aderholt, et al. v. Bureau of Land Management, et. al. TPPF’s Center for the American Future represents individual property owners, the counties of Wichita, Clay, and Wilbarger, and the Clay County Sheriff in the lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) unconstitutional and arbitrary seizure of thousands of acres of private property along the Red River in Texas.
 
To read the response to defendant’s motion to compel access to individual plaintiffs’ lands, please visit: http://txpo.li/2dScJQU
 
“The Department of Justice and Bureau of Land Management’s demand to enter upon our Clients’ properties with armed federal law enforcement officers is outrageous,” said Robert Henneke, General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at TPPF. “The individual landowners, like Ken Aderholt, simply want to be left alone and have their private property rights respected. Now, without any legitimate justification, the federal government insists that armed guards accompany federal surveyors onto our Clients’ properties. Our Clients have not broken the law, and BLM’s demand violates their Constitutional rights. On behalf of our Clients, the Center for the American Future has filed strong objections with the federal district court and will fiercely defend our Clients’ private property rights before the Court.”
 
The federal government is attempting to take thousands of acres of Texas land from homeowners and ranchers along the Red River. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the land is inside the river and is therefore public land. However, the south bank of the river is about a mile north of where the government says it is. Furthermore, many Texans live on that land, and many others make their livelihoods from farming and ranching on it. These Texans have lived and paid taxes on the land for generations, and they have titles and deeds going back to the 1800’s.
 
For more information on the dispute and lawsuit please visit: www.RedRiverPropertyRights.com
 
To schedule an interview with Mr. Henneke, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700. 
The Honorable Robert Henneke is General Counsel and Director of the Foundation’s Center for the American Future. 

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