… There is a price we will pay for permitting unmitigated damage to Arizona’s fragile environment … but then “corporate” will make $$$$ …
Bill exempts Border Patrol from enviro laws in wide area
The U.S. Border Patrol would have free rein on all lands within 100 miles of the border under a proposal from Republican lawmakers who say they want to untie the hands of agents working to secure the border.
The measure would give the Department of Homeland Security authority to waive 36 bedrock environmental laws on any lands within a zone that stretches north past Tucson and Casa Grande in Arizona and includes the entire state of Florida, New York City and Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.
"We have to regain control of our lands from the drug cartels," Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said during a congressional hearing earlier this year. "National security has to be our No. 1 issue."
Bishop is the bill’s sponsor. The 41 Republican co-sponsors include Rep. Paul Gosar , R-Ariz.
Democratic legislators and environmental organizations say the bill is the most extreme example yet of a campaign that has been gaining momentum for years to ignore environmental issues whenever border security concerns are invoked.
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