Photo: House Republicans Want to Give Border Patrol Authority to Ignore Environmental Law
House Republicans have infuriated environmentalists with a plan to give border security officials the ability to ignore dozens of environmental laws along both the north and south U.S. borders.
The GOP members of the House are looking to allow 36 environmental laws while on federal land along the Canada- and Mexico-U.S. borders. The plan would allow U.S. Border Patrol to put up fences, build roads and offices, put up additional equipment, and allow aircrafts and vehicles to move along land where they are currently not allowed to.
Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) has said the Border Patrol “has become encumbered with layers of environmental regulations,” reported McClatchy.
If the proposed legislation, which has already passed the House Natural Resources Committee (of which Hastings is the chairman) passes, the Border Patrol would be allowed to ignore the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and 34 other federal laws put in place to protect both land and animal.