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Hot Air Alert: Department of Interior Confuses Increased Violence and Murder With ‘Significant Progress’ on Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2010 - After multiple reports in recent months of violence, drug running and murders on federal lands near our Southern Border, it seems the Obama Administration has a distorted view of the reality facing Border Patrol agents, law enforcement officers and everyday citizens.

Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said in a statement this week that Secretary Salazar is trying to "meet the twin goals of protecting our national security and our natural resources" and that significant progress has been made.

Recent media accounts paint an entirely different picture:

Does that sound like “significant progress”?

House Republicans, led by Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Ranking Member Rob Bishop, have introduced legislation (H.R. 5016) that would give U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) operational control of the border and ensure that the U.S. Department of Interior does not impede or restrict Border Patrol from effectively doing their to job to secure the border.

For more information visit http://republicans.resourcescommittee.house.gov/border

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Contact: Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson (202) 226-2311

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