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Groups Say "Border Bill" May Harm Joshua Tree and Other National Parks

June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation today that would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to override dozens of environmental laws on all federal lands that lie within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders. Proponents say the legislation is needed so the Border Patrol can do its job. Opponents say it would undermine the most basic protections for dozens of national parks, including California's Joshua Tree National Park.

Kristen Brengel, Director of Legislative and Government Affairs with the National Parks Conservation Association, says the measure is an overreach.

"The problem is giving a federal agency carte blanche to do whatever they want on federal public lands. And this is absurd in a way because this is an agency that hasn't even requested this authority."

Brengel says the legislation could potentially damage historic sites and other protected areas such as Joshua Tree National Park, which borders Mexico.

"All the care that we've taken of these places over the years, and all the special designations we've given to Joshua Tree to make sure we can protect it, it just goes out the window when you allow someone to just come in and take over."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has called the legislation "unnecessary and bad policy." The Government Accountability Office also concluded federal land management and law enforcement agencies were working well together to protect both U.S. borders and public lands.

More information is at npca.org.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA