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The Border Patrol Is Handcuffed By Environmental Rules

From The Hill:

GOP: Border patrol agents handcuffed by wildlife rules

By Timothy Cama | July 28, 2014

Federal land protections are hampering efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the border, Republicans say. The Interior Department controls about 800 miles along the dividing line with Mexico, or about 40 percent of the total, with other land in the region owned by the Forest Service.

GOP lawmakers argue federal regulations intended to protect land and wildlife have become an obstacle for Customs and Borders Protection officers because they restrict their ability to drive near the border, build infrastructure or install surveillance technology.

“There is no doubt that the restrictions on accessing land along the border have made it more difficult for the Border Patrol to do their job,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who traveled to McAllen County, Texas, earlier this month to meet with officials about the surge of child migrants into the United States.

That’s the whole idea. Anyone who has seen photos of the trails these illegal aliens take and the garbage they leave behind, knows that the environmentalists don’t care about the environment there. They just want to make it harder for the BP to do their jobs.

Smugglers know where agents cannot patrol or monitor, Cruz said, so they target those areas when moving people across the border. “It seems a commonsense reform to say that the border patrol should be able to fully access and patrol the border,” he said. A House Republican working group led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) this week recommended prohibiting the Interior and Forest Service from in any way hampering border patrol…

This is not the first time that land restrictions have been drawn into the debate over border patrol. Many Republicans criticized President Obama in May for creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, abutting the border in New Mexico.

The designation, said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), will “place additional burdens on Border Patrol personnel and limit access to high crime areas along the border, making it easier for drug smugglers and human traffickers to move in and out of the country.” …

What a hater. Mr. Boehner should know National Parks can only be closed off to American citizens in order to score political points.

Meanwhile, we have this from an unfazed Reuters:

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

By Rory Carroll | July 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

The six-page memorandum of understanding calls for cooperation in developing carbon pricing systems and calls on the partners to explore ways to align those systems in the future

Because climate change is the biggest problem California and Mexico are facing at this moment in time. 

“California can’t do it alone and with this new partnership with Mexico, we can make real progress on reducing dangerous greenhouse gases,” said Governor Brown…

But please keep sending us illegal aliens. They are great for the environment.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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