Who calls the shots. I do not live near the Texas/Mexico border in my opinion, however, to someone ‘north’, you might consider my ranch close. That said, when I read things like this, it makes me feel like I’m entirely too close. I’m thankful for a lawmaker who will make a stand on the issue…
As an advocate for Texas landowners, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has filed an amicus brief encouraging the Supreme Court of Texas to uphold current state laws protecting private property rights. The brief supports the pending petition filed by Philip Boerjan and Mestena Operating, among others, involving a 2007 automobile accident that occurred on a private ranch in Brooks County. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was smuggling several illegal immigrants, whose relatives later filed suit against the Texas landowner for the loss of their family members.
“Private landowners cannot be held liable for a trespasser’s self-inflicted injuries while they are illegally smuggling people or drugs across private land,” Commissioner Staples said. “The State of Texas must protect policies that enable landowners to secure their land from trespassers and illegal activity without fear of retribution by criminals. This commitment to private property owners’ rights has deep roots in Texas, and I encourage the court to reaffirm the principals of private property ownership that is the cornerstone of our state’s economy. The alternative puts a question mark on the future growth of our state.”
This leaves me scratching my head…how have we gotten to this point?
How do they feel like they even have the right to file this suit? They weren’t supposed to be there to begin with. I feel for the man in Brooks County because this was NOT something he asked for.
Worst part, this happened in 2007, that means cases like this have been tying up our court system for the past 6 years!
I wanted to follow up on a conversation that I had with someone discussing the topic at hand. They told me that the issue Mr. Staples was dealing with was similar to someone breaking into their house, and upon being found at their dinner table, told the homeowner what to cook them for supper…
I thought that summed it up pretty well.
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