The federal government wants to steal the land of a Texas rancher and his neighbors.
Ken Aderholt said that the BLM has warned him they are about to take his land — including the property where his house sits — in a land grab.
Aderholt considers the land where he has ranched for years his. The BLM says it is federal property and the rancher has a “reason to be concerned” that he might lose everything. The whole thing is a complicated mess and one that has left Aderholt and his neighbors’ lives in limbo while the government sorts it out.
The Blaze reports:
Aderholt and other land owners consider theirs private property — which the government “stole from us,” he told TheBlaze.
And all this after years of paying property taxes and having a deed and title in hand.
“The BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it,” Aderholt told KAUZ. “That Texas should have never produced that deed.”
Paul McGuire, a BLM public affairs specialist, on Thursday told TheBlaze that Aderholt’s understanding of exactly what constitutes public land on his property isn’t a done deal until a land survey is completed — and that the official Aderholt spoke to on the phone isn’t a surveyor and wouldn’t have told him what land was public.
Watch the interview with Aderholt on the complex dispute above