Immigration

These Texas Landowners Have Been Locked Out of the Country by the Mexican Border Wall

Ray and D'Ann Loop need a password just to visit their farm.

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Ray and D'Ann Loop's family had been farming their land in South Texas for nearly a century before the U.S. government seized it during its last major push to secure the border in 2007. A decade later, the Loops are effectively locked out of their country.

"I was very angry. I just kept saying to Ray, over and over again, how can they do that? How is that possible in the United States? Put up a fence in front of our land and then keep us in here? Lock us in?" D'Ann Loop recalled.

The Brownsville residents, and hundreds of others, thought they could fight, but were eventually given a settlement by the government, which estimated the 654 miles of fence area was worth $78 million.

"It left us no property on the U.S. side of the border wall, including my house," Ray explained. "Everything was behind, on the Mexican side of the U.S. border fence."

To this day, the Loops have to punch a code in a locked gate to visit their farm.

"There are no words to describe it," Ray told CNN. "We've learned to live with it."

The wall has proven dangerous. A few months ago, a fire broke out in the night and ambulances were slow to navigate its perimeter.

"I kept standing there yelling, Where are they?" D'Ann said. "I had called 911...they couldn't get in here."

The fire took the farm and their pets.

"We had a miniature goat," D'Ann said. "He was on fire. He was running up out of the structure screaming because he was burning alive. Everything was gone." 

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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