By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's top land manager says the federal government has overstepped its authority and is trespassing on state trust land along the U.S.-Mexico border without compensating the state.
Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn on Tuesday posted signs aimed at blocking border patrol operations along the one-mile stretch of state land. He says if his office can't reach an agreement over an easement with the federal government, he will install a fence to block access to the property.
Dunn first outlined his concerns in a letter sent last month to federal officials. He says it's an issue of state sovereignty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is evaluating Dunn's concerns. The agency said in a statement that part of the strategy for securing the border includes developing and leveraging partnerships with state and local stakeholders.
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