Border Lands

The Wall's Impact on Property Rights

Much has been said about the cost, feasibility, and effectiveness of President Trump’s proposed border wall. But what about the rights of thousands of U.S. families and organizations whose property the wall will run through? In partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, we will explore the political, legal, and human dimensions of property rights along the U.S.–Mexico border.

Please join the Future of Property Rights Program at New America and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting as we welcome Mary McCord, Ilya Somin, and Kiah Collier to discuss this hot-button topic.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.


Mary McCord
Senior Litigator, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law School

McCord is a senior litigator with ICAP and formerly Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. ICAP has recently filed a motion opposing the federal government’s efforts to seize land belonging to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville for a proposed border wall.

Ilya Somin, @IlyaSomin
Professor of Law, George Mason University

Somin is a law professor and widely published writer. He is considered one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on eminent domain, and has written extensively on the border wall’s property implications.

Kiah Collier, @kiahcollier
Energy and Environment Reporter, Texas Tribune

Collier is an award-winning journalist and member of the Texas Tribune team responsible for The Taking, an investigative series focused on property rights issues related to the proposed border wall.


Yuliya Panfil, @yneyman
Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Property Rights Program at New America

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