Monday, April 26, 2010

GOP Bill Would Empower Border Patrol to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border without National Guard Help

Once again it is Republicans stepping to the forefront to take on the issue of Border Security. Democrat voices in Congress and the Administration are silent. With the drug wars raging out of control in Mexico this is even more important to protect our southern border from the crime in Mexico coming across the border.

Until today, we did not realize that the "wilderness area" designation makes it almost impossible for Border Patrol agents to patrol these areas. They are forbidden from using motorized vehicles, building roads, or installing monitoring devices in these "wilderness areas" in order to preserve these areas. Illegals leave all kinds of trash and destruction as they cross these areas knowing they are protected by the 1964 Wilderness Act. The strict enforcement of this Act now allows the illegals to come into the United States with little interference from the Border Patrol. How can you protect the border when areas are off limits to the Border Patrol?

This bill submitted by Republicans is a giant step in the right direction and it is now time for some Democrats to get on board to stop this flow of illegals into this country and the crime that comes with them especially crimes coming out of the drug trade.

GOP Bill Would Empower Border Patrol to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border without National Guard HelpMonday, April 26, 2010
By Edwin Mora

( – Legislation recently introduced by House Republicans would “prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede border security on such lands."

The bill’s supporters believe that, if it is passed, the bill will allow the U.S. Border Patrol to secure the southern border without the assistance of the National Guard.

During an April 14 press conference, Republican sponsors of the bill indicated that the Interior Department's interference with the Border Patrol’s congressionally mandated operations had opened the 20.7 million acres of public land along the southern border to illicit activity, which is often associated with illegal immigration.

“We are introducing this bill today simply because the Department of Interior and, to a lesser extent, the Forest Service, have failed to protect American citizens,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), ranking member of the House Public Lands subcommittee who is sponsoring the legislation.

“Unfortunately, the land managers that are down there on the (southern) border have placed the wilderness characteristics of the land and protection of existing or potential endangered species as their number one criteria, and because of that, the border patrol has been impeded from doing their job,” said Bishop.

The congressman further said, “(W)e have huge and gigantic holes in the border through which most of the illegal drugs coming into this country are coming, through which human trafficking and all the violence, especially against women, are taking place … and the potential of terrorists coming into this country coming through the holes that are, that are caused simply because of the land management policies this nation has on all the federal lands that are down there ….”

Bishop also remarked on the violence against American citizens that has occurred apparently as a result of conflict between the Interior Department and border agents.

Last month, Rob Krentz, a 58-year-old Arizona rancher, was shot and killed on his own property by an alleged illegal immigrant drug smuggler who entered the United States by crossing federal land.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-Ariz.), who serves the southern part of Arizona, has written to President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, requesting that National Guard soldiers be sent to the area. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has echoed these requests.

Of the 20.7 million acres of federal land covered by the Republican bill, 4.3 million acres are designated as “wilderness areas.” In a prepared statement, the sponsors of the legislation said that “according to internal memos, DOI officials have asserted that the Wilderness Act of 1964 trumps border security legislation passed by Congress.”

Excerpt: Read More at CNS

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