By CLARA BENITZ, KGBT
MISSION, Texas (CIRCA via KGBT) — Several properties have been spared from the construction of the border wall along the Rio Grande, but one family, which relies on the land for their daily living, isn't in the clear.
"It’s a different way of life," said Freddy Cavazos, who has lived his entire life along the Rio Grande in Mission. "We are going to have to get used to that wall; it’s going to be an awful, awful thing."
Cavazos said other properties are in it for the money, but his family is in it for the land they were raised on.
It's 70 acres of land dear to the family that has been passed down through the generations, and it all started with his grandmother.
The Cavazos property leases 29 lots along the river. He says it's an inheritance that has helped the family survive. All of the bills, light, gas and food is paid by the rent Cavazos collects from tenants.
Soon, part of the Cavazos property could be split by a border wall.
"Can you imagine a 30-foot wall?" Cavazos asked. "We are going to feel like we are in prison."
His property has been surveyed. All Cavazos is waiting for now is the letter to solidify how much land the government wants and what they're willing to pay, which, according to Cavazos, is not much.
Cavazos said he will continue to fight against the border wall.
According to the family's attorney, the next scheduled hearing for the property is in May, when they will either accept or deny the government's monetary offer.
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