As the US shut down, Trump’s legal fight to build wall ramped up

first_imgIn the past 12 months, the administration opened 41 cases in federal court to seize land to build a wall along the southern border of Texas. Nearly half of those cases – 16, or 39 percent – were filed in the past two months.The bulk of the new filings came in March, when the administration opened 12 cases, the most in any month under Trump, a Reuters review of federal filings found. The administration wants immediate possession, bypassing traditional procedural steps and forcing landowners to move more swiftly, records show.Advocates for the landowners say the administration is choosing a bad time to get more aggressive, forcing landowners to choose between leaving their home to fight the case or lose their property. Also, a successful defense can be expensive, requiring paid experts, lawyers and other professionals at a time the US economy is shedding a record number of jobs.”The timing, on a human level, is very bad,” said David Donatti, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Texas who represents a family fighting government seizure of their property. Even as the Trump administration was struggling to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, it was ramping up efforts to seize land along US southern border to build a wall and fulfill a major campaign promise, a Reuters review of federal court records shows.Donald Trump made building the wall a central promise of his 2016 campaign, but those efforts have been plagued by delays and false promises. Late last year, the administration got more aggressive, pledging to use the federal courts to seize large swaths of private land, mostly in Texas.While most of the US has been slowed by the COVID-19 crisis – which has infected more than 635,000 people and killed at least 31,000 more – Trump’s efforts to construct a southern border wall has only gained steam. Nayda Alvarez, a 49-year-old public school teacher, was served court papers in March. She and her extended family – including her elderly father who suffers from several health issues – live on 2.4-hectare ranch along the Rio Grande river that the administration wants to take immediately.”It’s very scary. My hands are tied because we are quarantined and fighting the federal government, literally,” said Alverez, who is working with the ACLU and another group, the Texas Civil Rights Project, in her defense.She was preparing to go to federal court on Tuesday, donning a mask and gloves, but her lawyers were able to delay the hearing until June.Unlike in other states, most of the US borderland in Texas is privately owned, which has delayed wall construction by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Federal lawyers have had to comb property records, track down landowners, make offers to buy the land and — if owners refuse to sell — file lawsuits to seize the land.The White House did not respond to requests for comments for this story.In recent weeks, Trump has made the case that the global pandemic only proves the need for stronger borders. On March 12, he retweeted a follower’s commentary linking the health scare to the need for strong borders and added “We need the Wall more than ever!”Topics :last_img read more

Dodgers rout Rockies, set new L.A. franchise scoring record

first_imgHear Dave Roberts’ thoughts on his ejection, @ClaytonKersh22 finding his rhythm, and the #Dodgers picking up the win in his absence. pic.twitter.com/9QPZprEAL9— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 21, 2019 PreviousThe Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits a solo home run off Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert, left, during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning giving up two home runs to the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsColorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado watches his solo home run Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Joc Pederson can’t reach a ball hit for a solo home run by Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, is congratulated by Charlie Blackmon after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hits a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, left, runs to first after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, foreground, during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers kicks dirt off the mound after giving up back to back home rungs against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw goes after a ball bunted for a single by Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux can’t reach a ball hit for an RBI single by Colorado Rockies’ Tony Wolters during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated after being driven in on a sacrifice fly hit by Chris Taylor #3 in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Stan Kasten, left, talks with manager Dave Roberts prior to the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated after being driven in on a sacrifice fly hit by Chris Taylor #3 in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson runs to first after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks down after giving up a solo home run to Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ Garrett Hampson is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Home plate umpire Greg Gibson #53 and Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers have an arguement in the fourth inning while playing the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, argues with home plate umpire Greg Gibson after being ejected during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, argues with home plate umpire Greg Gibson after being ejected during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Home plate umpire Greg Gibson #53 and Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers have an arguement in the fourth inning while playing the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Home plate umpire Greg Gibson #53 and Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers have an arguement in the fourth inning while playing the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a three-run home run in front of Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies watches a three-run home run ball hit by A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers leave the parkat Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock heads to second after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock scores after hitting a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies, as Enrique Hernandez, left, and Max Muncy, second from left, wait for him while home plate umpire Greg Gibson stands at the plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates A.J. Pollock #11 who hit a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with A.J. Pollock #11 who hit a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager throws out Colorado Rockies’ Tony Wolters at first during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets a congratulations from Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after his thi4rd out in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockiesat Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, right, steals second as Colorado Rockies third baseman Pat Valaika loses the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, right, trips over Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters as he scores on a single by Enrique Hernandez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, left, trips over Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, center, as he scores on a single by Enrique Hernandez while home plate umpire Greg Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gives the ball to Caleb Ferguson #64 after the final out of the game in a 12-5 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Caleb Ferguson #64 and Enrique Hernandez #14 celebrate after the final out of the game in a 12-5 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits a solo home run off Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert, left, during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 40The Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits a solo home run off Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert, left, during the fourth inning of Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Last season, it took 163 games to separate the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.Friday night, all it took was 41 minutes.That’s how long the bottom of the fourth inning lasted. Three Rockies pitchers needed to throw 61 pitches to 12 Dodgers hitters, resulting in five hits, three walks, one hit batter, a wild pitch, an error on a pickoff throw – one manager (Dave Roberts) ejected – and seven runs scored as the Dodgers settled into a 12-5 thumping of the Rockies.“Great,” said pitcher Clayton Kershaw (the main beneficiary of the offensive eruption), summarizing the half-inning with out-of-place brevity. “That’s what we do.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I cannot,” Kershaw said when asked if he had an explanation. “Make better pitches I guess.”The Rockies got to him for another run in the second inning and Garrett Hampson led off the fourth with the third home run of the night allowed by Kershaw. He made it through six innings without any more harm.“Not a lot of good tonight on my part. Pretty bad all the way around,” Kershaw said. “Command-wise, stuff-wise, crispness, everything – it wasn’t very good. Don’t know why. Need to get better obviously. Got one more (regular-season start) to figure it out before the real stuff gets going. So, I’m thankful for that – one more to figure it out.”That one start will have to reverse a six-start slide.Over his first 21 starts this season, Kershaw had a 2.63 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and opposing batters hit .218 against him (with 15 home runs). In his past six starts, he has a 5.24 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and opposing hitters have batted .262 with 13 home runs (including three in a game three times).“I’m not (concerned),” Roberts said. “With somebody else, you might be. With Clayton, I feel really good that when the bell rings and that’s the postseason he’s going to be locked and loaded. I think for me if he’s feeling strong then I’ll trust that the result will be there.“Clayton is going to be more than fine.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Any concern was washed away in the cleansing fire of the Rockies pitchers’ meltdown. Corey Seager started it with a solo home run off starter Peter Lambert. A.J. Pollock put the finishing touches on it with a three-run home run about a half-hour later.In between, Roberts was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for reacting to a terrible strike call with Gavin Lux at the plate.It was Roberts’ first ejection of the season. He was the only MLB manager who hadn’t been ejected from a game this season.“I just thought it was a ball. He took offense to it,” Roberts said. “Gibby’s a pro. He’s been doing this a long time. I got animated. I’m emotional. I thought it was a quick hook.”After a brief pause, the Dodgers scored four more times in the seventh inning. Lux and Kiké Hernandez had RBI singles and Max Muncy a two-run double. Justin Turner pinch-hit and drew a walk in his first plate appearance since Sept. 7. Kristopher Negron pinch-ran for him but Turner is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday after being sidelined by a sprained ankle.With Muncy’s double, the Dodgers set a new L.A. franchise record for runs scored in a season (844 and counting). One hundred and thirty-three of them have come against the Rockies. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies They certainly do it to the Rockies a lot.The loss was the Rockies’ 12th in a row at Dodger Stadium, matching the 2006-09 Cincinnati Reds for the longest losing streak by a visitor there. Overall, the Dodgers have beaten the Rockies 14 times in 17 meetings, helping last year’s wild-card team sink to the bottom of the National League West.The Dodgers have averaged 7.8 runs per game against the Rockies’ woeful pitching staff this season, so Kershaw’s rough start Friday was only worrisome in the larger context.Kershaw gave up back-to-back home runs to Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon in the first inning – the ninth and 10th home runs he has allowed in the first inning of his starts this season. There have been entire seasons (2009, 2014 and 2016) when Kershaw didn’t give up that many home runs in all of his innings.Kershaw has given up a first-inning home run in four of his past six starts and 18 runs total in his 27 first innings.last_img read more