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Know your rights meeting for landowners

(Mission, Texas) – This Thursday, September 20, from 6 – 8 PM, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, will host the South Texas Landowners ‘Know Your Rights’ Meeting regarding Right of Entry (ROE) and Eminent Domain. Affected landowners in the path of the border wall are invited to this public meeting concerning the government’s Right of Entry and Declaration of Taking letters related to surveying, land seizure and construction.

Speakers include Efr̒e̒n Olivares, program director for Racial & Economic Justice at the Texas Civil Rights Project; Peter McGraw, attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Scott Nicol, Borderlands Team Co-chair for the Sierra Club-Lower Rio Grande Valley. This experienced team will be addressing landowner rights, the government’s ROE requests, land condemnations and the most recent information available concerning potential border wall characteristics, location and construction, and answering attendees’ questions.

NABA Logo“Last month, Customs & Border Protection held their quarterly Border Community Liaison Meeting for Landowners and Stakeholders at the McAllen Border Patrol station,” states Marianna Treviño Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center. “At this meeting, Border Wall Program Manager Loren Flossman established the future location of border wall, without a doubt, and provided detailed information concerning wall design and landowner options, with regard to negotiating with the federal government.”

Wright continues, “We left with the understanding that this is happening whether we like it or not, whether we cooperate or not. For this reason, we are happy to host this meeting to inform local landowners and connect them with resources for representation and assistance.”
For directions to the National Butterfly Center, please visit

If you intend to attend this meeting, please call 956-583-5400 to RSVP.

Media inquiries should be made in advance in order to accommodate requests, especially for on camera interviews.


The National Butterfly Center is open to the public, for visitors and members, seven days/week. To learn more about us and how to join, visit, or call 956.583.5400. Your annual membership or charitable gift impacts the beauty of our community and helps preserve the biologically-diverse, natural treasures of deep South Texas.

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