Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Interior sending officers to assist patrolling the US, Mexico border

The Interior Department is sending its law enforcement officers to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the U.S.– Mexico border, according to an internal email obtained by The Hill. The announcement from the U.S. Park Police (USPP) Planning Unit and National Park Service (NPS), sent last Thursday, says that officers from both agencies will assist the Border Patrol along the southwest border starting May 13 as part of “Secretary [Ryan] Zinke's offer of assistance to the Department of Homeland Security.” USPP officers are traditionally tasked with policing NPS property around Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. According to the guidance, officers will be sent in rotating groups and spend “approximately 21 days” at two national park and monument sites located on the U.S.–Mexico border: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas. The department will be sending 22 officers to DOI law enforcement offices in Texas and Arizona to "stop illegal border crossings," an Interior spokesperson confirmed...MORE 

Why just the park service related officers? What about those assigned to USFWS, BLM, BIA, BOR, etc.?

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a natural for this, as the gov't's own studies show that Trash, vehicle tracks, foot trails and fire scars from illegal immigration and drug trafficking have severely degraded the Monument. That is also where Interior had previously erected normandy barriers to prevent the Border Patrol from using vehicles to patrol the area. And let's not forget, that formula - a national monument overlaid by wilderness designations - is exactly what Udall, Heinrich and the enviro community have planned for southern NM.

UPDATE ...The enviros are not happy about this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah ...be better use of tax dollars ...since the BLM & USFWS are so adamant about trespass.