LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) – The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas’ land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president. From a brushy bluff, Rivas can look across the Rio Grande to Mexico on the other side. She spent her childhood fishing on the river. The government wants to bisect this property with steel fencing that would cut her off from the water, paying her just for the strip of land where it would build.
The Desert Southwest region has long set a dizzying pace for population growth, expanding by at least twice the national average every decade from 1950