Landowners in Santa Cruz County, Arizona are furious because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has exercised its authority of eminent domain and is buying up private property below market price.
The DHS is gobbling up the property to park mobile border patrol surveillance towers along the U.S. and Mexico border.
"A man's home is his castle. We've owned that since the 1950's," Tony Sedgwick, co-owner of the Carmencita Ranch, told KGUN (video below).
"If your neighbor had lights shining on your property, you would call police. Who do I call? They are the police. What is not fair is that we don't have a voice in all this. It's very difficult to go against the U.S. government," he added.
If Sedgwick were to fight the DHS in court, he claims it would cost him $60,000 in legal fees with no guarantee of victory.
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Another land owner claimed she could get $10,000 for each acre, but the U.S. government is only offering $3,000 for two acres.
A DHS spokeswoman says they are looking into the situation.