While driving to the south side of the border wall to visit her ancestral land (under Aboriginal rights, title, conventions, and treaty), Eloisa Garcia Tamez accidentally stumbles upon a private meeting between government and private contractors. The topic: a massive security-prison and pass-code style ‘gate’ that will further impede Indigenous land-owners from full and unfettered access to their lands on the south side of the wall. Tamez confronts the meeting holders, establishes that this meeting occurred without her Free Prior and Informed Consent, and then proceeds to confront two Customs Border Patrol officers who are casually observing the entire incident just yards away.
February 19, 2013, El Calaboz, Texas
Question: Why is the government installing a massive, gulag-style, mega-industrial ‘gate’ across the lands of Indigenous land owners in El Calaboz, but just down the road in the River Bend Resort no wall or ‘gate’ is deemed necessary to uphold the ‘war on terrorism’?
Eloisa Tamez of El Calaboz in Cameron County is one of many in the area trying to keep the Department of Homeland Security off her land in the face of an impending border wall.
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and e2m Corporation survey Eloisa Tamez’ land for border fence construction.
90 seconds with Eloisa Tamez, UT Brownsville’s Director of Nursing. Tamez’ property, a Spanish land grant property from the 1700s, has been chosen without her consent as terrain for the proposed border wall.
…prior to the Brownsville Congressional Field Hearing on HR 2593
Eloisa Tamez, Peter Schey, Corinna Spencer-Scheurich, and Star Locke comment outside the Brownsville Federal Courthouse after the February 7 hearing on DHS efforts to take Ms. Tamez’ Spanish Grant land.