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Should the U.S. government be allowed to seize private property?

Eminent domain is defined as “the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.” Recently, several high-profile cases of private landowners being forced to give up land to the federal government have drawn into question the constitutionality of such a practice.


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Additional resources to think about

The Kelo Decision Ten Years Later
This video from think tank The Cato Institute talks about the impact of groundbreaking eminent domain case Kelo v. The City of New London ten years after the Supreme Court ruled on the case.

Acquiring Private Land is Slowing Trump's Border Wall
This story from NPR details the difficulties the Trump Administration is finding along the border in Texas, where land for the border wall isn't owned by the government, but by private entities.

Farmers along proposed pipeline route fight eminent domain
This story from NJTV looks at the impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the land of several local farmers.

PBS LearningMedia | Eminent Domain
This collection on Eminent Domain from PBS LearningMedia follows two cases, one in New London, CT and one in Atlantic City, NJ.


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Should the U.S. government be allowed to seize private property?

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