Randal John Meyer of the Cato Institute has an interesting article explaining how Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall across the Mexican border would require the use of eminent domain to forcibly displace large numbers of American property owners:
Trump supporters might comfort themselves with the notion that people who lose their land to eminent domain “get… a fortune from it,” as The Donald himself puts it. Unfortunately, they generally get no such thing. If eminent domain really were a path to riches, the Donald Trumps of the world would be lining up to lobby the government to condemn their property.
Of course, maybe Trump can persuade Mexico to pay for the wall themselves. Perhaps he’ll even get the Mexicans (who just love Trump and his wall plan) to pony up some extra money to compensate property owners more generously. And if you believe that’s going to happen, I have some vintage Trump steaks I’d like to sell you.