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Border wall fight continues (Source: KGBT Photo)

The Cavazos family is still taking a stance against the border wall as construction continues in other parts of the Valley.

Freddy Cavazos, property owner along the US-Mexico border, is reminded of what his grandmother useD to say to him when we was kid.

“She said never sell this property, our grandma kept telling us,” said Freddy Cavazos.

The Cavazos family hasn’t sold it, instead they’ve continued to fight against the federal government’s eminent domain.

“We were supposed to have this all cleared up in June, but they keep postponing and postponing,” said Freddy Cavazos.

The 60-acre property is owned by several family members, Reynaldo Azaldua Cavazos is one of them.

“How much are you getting? $3.98,” responded Reynaldo Azaldua.

The Cavazos family settled for $350 for the government to access their land for 12 months.

An offer that originally stood at $100.

“It just shows, the low ball offers, the pennies on the dollars, that the government is willing to offer these border wall properties,” said Rick Garza, Staff Attorney for Texas Civil Rights Project representing the Cavazos family.

Now government officials have made their way onto the Cavazos family ranch for the next step.

“We had appraisers here last week, they looked at every structure here,” said Reynaldo Azaldua.

According to the Texas Civil Rights Project, the government’s offer can come in the next few days or even months.

For now, it’s a waiting game and family members say they are willing to play as long as they try to keep their grandmothers ranch.

“She would probably tell us keep fighting, hijos keep fighting, even if you lose in the end,” said Freddy Cavazos.

The Cavazos family’s next court date is scheduled to be in December.

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