Texas Launches Compensation Program for Border Property Crime Damage

By | May 10, 2024

Texas landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border who have experienced damage caused by border property crime can now file for reimbursement of up to $75,000, attorney general Ken Paxton announced this week.

Texas lawmakers last year approved a law to create the Landowner Compensation Program, which provides compensation to damage to real property on agricultural land caused by trespass in connection with a border crime. Legislators allocated $18 million to the program.

Landowners can be reimbursed for repair costs not covered by other sources, such as to a damaged fence or barn. Landowners must file claims within 90 days of the incident causing the damage. If multiple incidents occur on any given day, landowners must complete separate applications for each incident.

The damage will need to be documented in a written law enforcement agency report to be eligible for compensation, the attorney general’s office said.

“Illegal aliens crossing the Texas-Mexico border at Joe Biden’s invitation leave behind a trail of destruction that harms Texas agricultural land,” Paxton said in the statement. “This program will provide needed relief to Texans whose property is damaged by foreign aliens waved into the country by the federal government. I am glad to help the farmers and ranchers on our borderlands who bear the costs of Biden’s destructive policies.”

Landowners who have been denied a claim through their insurer must submit the denial letter. If the insurance covered part of the damage, landowners should submit the award letter.

More information about the program can be found here.

Topics Texas Fraud Talent New Markets Property

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