A card game company has reportedly bought acres of land on the Us/Mexico border, and also hired eminent domain lawyers to defend it. Could this actually prevent the construction of something (i.e a wall) from being built, or perhaps delay the process?
Could this actually prevent the construction of something (i.e a wall) from being built, or perhaps delay the process?
It could not prevent the construction of a wall from being built.
It could slightly delay the process, but government eminent domain lawyers are very efficient and the immediate possession phase of eminent domain cases is very fast, so the delay would be on the order of a few weeks to a few months, not a long delay. Also, good project managers figure in the time necessary to handle the eminent domain process into their project timing by working on land the government already owns first.
The determination of the amount of compensation to which the owner is entitled would take longer than that, but would happen after construction was commenced.