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Published on May 12, 2024
Texas AG Paxton Launches Compensation Aid for Landowners Affected by Border CrimeSource: Ken Paxton Attorney General of Texas

Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas has kicked off a new initiative aimed at compensating landowners for property damages caused by border crime. Dubbed the Landowner Compensation Program, this state-level move offers financial aid of up to $75,000 to Texans who've sustained property damage on agricultural lands due to trespassing linked to border-related illegal activities.

Texans with damaged property such as fences or barns can file for reimbursement within a 90-day window following the incident; those facing multiple issues of the same nature on a given day must tackle a mountain of paperwork—filing separate applications for each incident is required. To qualify for this compensation, applicants need to support their claims with reports from law enforcement, detailing the damage incurred. Paxton takes a firm stand, blaming the federal administration for the upheaval, "Illegal aliens crossing the Texas-Mexico border at Joe Biden’s invitation leave behind a trail of destruction that harms Texas agricultural land," he asserted, according to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.

Reaching out for compensation involves navigating the attorney general's website; here, potential applicants can review detailed eligibility criteria and access the online application process. Paxton's words underscore the purpose of the new program, “This program will provide needed relief to Texans whose property is damaged by foreign aliens waved into the country by the federal government," he conveyed with an eye on relief for the ranchers and farmers who find themselves on the frontline of a federally induced crisis, as per the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.

The establishment of the Landowner Compensation Program reflects an escalating tension between state and federal authorities concerning border security and immigration policies—with Texas taking actionable steps to alleviate the financial burden on its citizens brought about, in Paxton's view, by federal failings. 

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