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Lesson Plan December 14, 2017

Standing Ground: Eminent Domain and Just Compensation Rights


Questions for “The Taking”

  1. What is eminent domain, and with what does the government have to provide property owners when it exercises it?
  2. What are the right and the left’s concerns about eminent domain, respectively?
  3. What high-profile developer defended the Kelo v. City of New London ruling, and why?
  4. What did the Taking Act allow the government to do?
  5. What was the median jump in settlements for landowners represented by attorneys?
  6. What concern for the safety of his family did Ray Loop have as as a result of the potential new border wall construction?
  7. To what major omission was Eric Paxton Warner referring when he said, “I have made a mess of the Borzynski case”?
  8. What did Mark Borkowski tell a group at a San Antonio conference?
  9. What border enforcement alternatives to a wall does Mauricio Vidaurri suggest?
  10. Why is the new border wall’s proposed location “especially personal” for Vidaurri?

Questions for “The Taking: Oklahoma Avenue”

  1. What was constructed along Oklahoma Avenue in 2007?
  2. Why did some landowners get more money than others for similar land seized under eminent domain?
  3. Why didn’t Juan Cavazos hire a lawyer?
  4. What happened when Homeland Security ran out of money to build electronic gates?
  5. What negative impact has the border fence had on Melissa Solis, even though it does not touch her property?
  6. How many years have some of these eminent domain cases been open?
  7. What service does Kim Loessin argue that the individuals along Oklahoma Avenue are providing to the country?

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