‘Green’ red tape said to hinder Border Patrol

October 11, 2010 07:40

Environmental red tape has at times ensnared the U.S. Border Patrol’s efforts to gain control of parts of the U.S.Mexico border, according to a draft government report that found agents sometimes take a back seat to protecting endangered species in the Southwest’s national parks and forests.

By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times


“This report reveals shocking details that illustrate how U.S. so-called “environmental” policies are contributing to the ongoing crime and violence along the southern U.S.Mexico border,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican, who posted the draft report on his congressional website Friday.

In one stark instance, the investigators said the Border Patrol has tried to get an east-west road built in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a sprawling desert park that spans 32 miles of the U.S.Mexico border. But the road request has been denied by the park superintendent, leaving the patrol agent-in-charge to struggle without the additional resource.

In another instance, the Border Patrol tried to move mobile surveillance systems, but Organ Pipe Cactus employees took more than four months to study and approve the move – and by then, illegal immigrants had shifted their traffic again, making the newly approved position obsolete.


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