UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
COMPLAINT IN CONDEMNATION
[With Declaration of Taking]
37.52 ACRES OF LAND, more or less,
[40 U.S.C. §3114]
situate in CAMERON COUNTY, STATE )
OF TEXAS; and TEXAS SOUTHMOST
COLLEGE DISTRICT, ET AL.,
COMPLAINT IN CONDEMNATION
This is an action of a civil nature brought by the United States of America, at the
request of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, through the Acting Executive
Director, Asset Management, of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for the taking of a
temporary interest in property, under the power of eminent domain through a Declaration of
Taking, and for the determination and award of just compensation to the owners and parties in
interest. Jurisdiction for this action is conferred by 28 U.S.C. Section 1358.
The authority for the taking of a temporary interest in property is under and in
accordance with the Act of Congress approved on February 26, 1931, as 46 Stat. 1421 and
codified at 40 U.S.C. Section 3114, and the Act of Congress approved August 1, 1888, as 25
Stat. 357 and codified at 40 U.S.C. Section 3113, and any acts supplementary thereto and
amendatory thereof; the Act of Congress approved September 30, 1996, as Public Law 104-208,
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Division C, Section 102, Stat. 3009-546, 3009-554, as amended and codified at 8 U.S.C. Section
1103(b) & note; and the Act of Congress approved October 4, 2006, as Public Law 109-295,
Title II, 120 Stat. 1355, which appropriated the funds which shall be used for the taking.
The public purpose for the taking of the temporary interest in property is to
conduct surveying, testing, and other investigatory work needed to plan the proposed
construction of roads, fencing, vehicle barriers, security lighting, and related structures designed
to help secure the United States/Mexico border within the State of Texas.
A general description of the land subject to the temporary interest being taken by
the United States is set forth in Schedule “C” attached to the Declaration of Taking filed in this
action and made a part hereof, and a plan or plat thereof is shown on Schedule “D” attached to
the Declaration of Taking and made a part hereof.
The temporary interest being acquired in the property is described in Schedule “E”
attached to the Declaration of Taking and made a part hereof.
The names and addresses of known parties having or claiming an interest in said
property are as follows:
Texas Southmost College District
c/o Chester Gonzalez
Chairman, Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Mark G. Yudof
Chancellor, The University of Texas System
601 Colorado Street, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
In addition to those persons named, there are or may be others who have or may
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have some interest in the property or interests to be taken, whose names are unknown to the
United States, and such persons are made parties in the action under the designation “Other
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff United States of America demands judgment that the property
and interests be condemned, and that just compensation for the taking be ascertained and
awarded, and such other relief as may be lawful and proper.
DONALD J. DeGABRIELLE, JR.
United States Attorney
Assistant United States Attorney
Admissions I.D. Number: 12172
State Bar I.D. Number: 21171500
800 N. Shoreline, Suite 500
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Tel.: (361) 888-3111
FAX (361) 888-3200
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