Utah Congressman Bishop seeks greater security for the border…not Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalvaby Hugh Holub on Apr. 18, 2011, under border issues, politics
From Davis County Clipper:
Davis County Clipper
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation that reportedly remedies current security gaps that exist on federal lands along the nation’s borders has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
The Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would be prevented from using governmental policies to restrict the U.S. Border Patrol from obtaining routine access.
Rep. Bishop is National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee Chair.
“This legislation takes the necessary and responsible steps to address the unacceptable restrictions that prevent Border Security experts from doing their jobs,” he said.
“Allowing public land managers and restrictive environmental policies, not Border Security experts, to dictate how we secure our nation’s borders and keep our country safe is counterintuitive, and as a result, has jeopardized the safety and security of all Americans,” Bishop said.
There are more than 20 million acres of federal land along the southern U.S. border regions.
Officials believe that due to the Border Patrol’s inability to maintain a routine presence on federal lands, criminal drug and human smuggling groups have co-opted these areas as superhighways into the country.
Drug cartels and other criminal operations recognize federal lands provide miles of virtually unfettered access into the U.S. That has not only contributed to the escalating border violence but also caused severe environmental degradation, Bishop said.
“The federal lands along our border are a haven of criminal activity and the same environmental policies that are supposed to be protecting the lands are actually allowing them to be destroyed,” he said.
Interesting that Congressman Raul Grijalva…in whose district the majority of Arizona’s border with Mexico is located…is not pushing to secure our border.
Grijalva wants more Wilderness Areas on the border….