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US construction firm says Mexican forces seized its property

Vulcan chairman and CEO J. Thomas Hill said the seizure was "illegal."

Published: March 20, 2023 10:22am

Updated: March 20, 2023 11:52am

Vulcan Materials, a U.S.-based construction firm, says that armed Mexican forces took over its marine terminal in southeast Mexico.

Former Trump intelligence official Cliff Sims tweeted a video Saturday of the alleged illegal seizure earlier this month.

"This is insane," he wrote in the post, which shows Mexican military officials, police officers and others entering the facility.

In a letter Thursday to Esteban Moctezuma, Mexico's ambassador to the U.S., Vulcan Chairman and CEO J. Thomas Hill said the seizure that occurred early in the morning of March 14 was "illegal."

He said the Mexican company CEMEX joined with government forces to enter Vulcan's private property, which they "continue to illegally occupy."

Former Trump National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe also condemned the apparent seizure. 

"Getting pretty used to the Biden administration letting China and Russia kick sand in our faces (covid and fentanyl deaths, spy balloons, taking down U.S. MQ-9 Reaper)—but now Mexico, too?," he tweeted Saturday. "The Biden administration needs to engage immediately to defend a U.S. company and to protect U.S. interests. This is the only deep water port on the Yucatán Peninsula. Significant geopolitical and economic implications."

The Mexican government has not responded to requests for comment from Fox News Digital or Bloomberg.

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