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SANTA FE – President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall could run into a roadblock in New Mexico, in the form of more than 22 miles of state-owned land and mineral rights within 600 feet of the border.
A group of Democratic state lawmakers filed legislation this week that would bar state land from being used, sold or transferred to facilitate the construction of the new border wall. If approved, the bill could set up a legal showdown between the state and the federal government.
One of the legislators backing the bill, Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, said Wednesday that the measure, House Bill 292, is an attempt to respond proactively to what he described as an “ill-conceived idea.”