Who can forget the murder of Brian Terry and the ongoing #DOJ fail with Fast & Furious? Who can forget DOJ filing suit against Arizona for the passing of immigration reform? And now the RECALL of the AZ state senator who wrote that bill, Senator Russell Pearce.
I would hazard a guess that most Conservatives agree that our borders both on the north and south should be more secured however the Obama administration, and now environmental groups, are fighting that tooth and nail.
The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, H.R. 1505, sponsored by Utah Republican Rob Bishop would prevent the USDA and the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar from enacting environmental regulations which would hinder the operation of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. A statement from Bishop:
The House Natural Resources Committee recently passed the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act [H.R. 1505]. This legislation addresses current limitations placed on the U.S. Border Patrol’s access to federal lands located throughout the border region. Areas where the U.S. Border Patrol currently has limited access are among the most heavily trafficked along the border. H.R. 1505 is a necessary step toward gaining full operational control of the border.
Sounds reasonable, right? Of course nothing is *reasonable*, at least since January 20, 2009. It’s not enough that these environmentalists back the job-killing policies of the EPA, DOI, DOE and the Obama administration as a whole, but now they are after the security and protection of our Border Patrol Agents, murdered Brian Terry being one.
Those against the bill are *conservation groups* such as the Wilderness Society and the Rio Grande International Study Center. Paul Spitler of the Wilderness Society had this to say:
“It’s part of a pattern of scapegoating environmental laws for any problem by extreme members of Congress,” he said. “Their solutions always seem to be to overturn the environmental laws. Well, the environmental laws aren’t the problem here.”
Oh, paleeeseee…Mr. Spitler. You’re more worried about your precious salamanders, lizards and fish than you are about protecting U.S. citizens and those who protect those citizens.
Over two dozen groups including the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Border Patrol Council and the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers are in favor of this legislation.
“For years, the federal government has used environmental regulations to block access for our Border Patrol agents to the over 20 million acres of federal land along the U.S.-Mexican Border,” the NBPC said in a statement. “This lack of access has resulted in an increase in criminal activities such as drug smuggling and human trafficking.” [emphasis mine].
This bill was voted out of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) Chair, last month, 26-17 in favor.
Interior and USDA have made no comment. According to Crystal Feldman of House Natural Resources Committee no word yet on when the bill would be put in front of the entire House.
My friends, it’s way past time to put people and safety above the *rights* of bugs, reptiles, fish and weeds.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks