Perry: ‘Private Property Must Be Respected’ If US Is To Stay ‘Land Of Freedom And Liberty’

CBS Houston

AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Top Texas leaders are accusing the federal government of trying to seize property they say belongs to local cattle ranchers, a dispute that involves the same agency currently embroiled in an armed standoff over land in Nevada.

Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the front-runner in the race to succeed him, insist politics has nothing to do with their recent public criticism of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

At issue are up to 90,000 acres along the Red River, which marks the border with Oklahoma. Last summer, the Bureau of Land Management began holding field hearings about the possibility of revising regulations of federal holdings in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That’s a multi-year process, but it caused some ranchers to raise concerns their land could be expropriated as part of an updated “Resource Management Plan.”

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