SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS
1334 Longworth House Office Building
Friday, July 8, 2011
Press Release - Groups Call for Passage of Republican Legislation to Enhance Border Security on Federal Lands (7/8/2011)
Press Release - Republicans Introduce Bill to Secure Border on Federal Lands, Protect Environment (4/13/2011)
LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON:
H.R. 1505 (Bishop) to prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede border security on such lands, and for other purposes. "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act"
H.R. 587 (Grijalva) to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to provide service opportunities for young Americans; help restore the Nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational and scenic resources; train a new generation of public land managers and enthusiasts; and promote the value of public service. "Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2011"
WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:
Panel I (H.R. 587)
Associate Deputy Chief
National Forest Systems
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
Federal land managers are using environmental regulations to prevent Border Patrol from accessing portions of the 20.7 million acres along the U.S. southern border and over 1,000 miles of the U.S.-Canada border. Border Patrol agents are consistently unable to use motorized vehicles to patrol these areas or place electronic surveillance structures in strategic areas. As a result, our federal lands have become a highway open to criminals, drug smugglers, human traffickers and potentially terrorists. This has led to escalated violence and also caused destruction of the environment. Click here to learn more about security gaps along the U.S. border.
H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, prohibits the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using environmental regulations to deter U.S. Border Patrol from securing our border on federal lands. The legislation would ensure Border Patrol, not federal land managers, have operational control of our borders.
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