Interior Department Blocking Border Patrol’s Access to Federal Lands
The Interior Department of the Obama Administration is blocking access to federal lands, preventing the US Border Patrol from sealing, or even patrolling vast areas of the US southern border with Mexico. This according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) draft report.
More than 40 percent of the southwest borderland has been deemed “federal land” and is managed by the Interior Department. The GAO reports that Department of Interior’s federal land managers are actively preventing Border Patrol agents from doing their job. The report says, “With limited access for patrols and monitoring, some illegal entries may go undetected.” The question is “how many?” The likely answer is “thousands.”
“The severity of the crisis along the border cannot be underestimated,” says Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. Sweeping areas of America’s borderlands, wilderness, and parklands are now determined to be too dangerous for American citizens and have been effectively surrendered to waves of drug traffickers and human-smugglers feeding on desperate, illegal immigrants. Homeland Security’s mission to prevent potential terrorists from entering is also thwarted.
The federal government has authorized expenditures of the American taxpayer’s money in the amount of $1.6 billion through the US Border Patrol over the last five years in the Secure Border Initiative. However, the border is at its very weakest and is most unprotected exactly where it’s under the federal management of the Interior Department.
In a written statement, Rep. Bishop says, “When you take a look at the track record of the border patrol you will see that they are extremely effective and successful in the border areas they are able to routinely patrol—private and state lands. Unfortunately, this does not include the federal lands and it should.” As the lives of American citizens become more endangered and tragic crimes mount, the Interior Department defends their interference with Border Patrol operations by claiming they are “protecting the wilderness.” The GAO reports among several anecdotal examples, that Border Patrol agents encounter locked gates at the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. The administrative roads that Border Patrol agents would use to patrol the border are blocked because their vehicles might “threaten the habitat of the endangered Yaqui chub fish.”
In a dangerous and twisted irony that can only be wrought from the poorly managed and grossly ineffective federal government, the Interior Department points to its goal of protecting the land from human interference. But by blocking access to the Border Patrol, they have facilitated hoards of illegal immigrants and drug traffickers to trample and trash the very same wilderness refuge they claim to want to protect.
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