Executive Proclamation Designating The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument: Implications for Border Security, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 10, 2014 [open pdf - 7MB]
This hearing testimony is from the July 10, 2014 hearing on "Executive Proclamation Designating The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument: Implications for Border Security" held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Jeff Duncan: "On May 21, 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area in southern New Mexico as a National Monument. The President's action ignored legislation introduced in both chambers of Congress, which had buy-in and support from a broad coalition of state and local stakeholders and constituencies. […] Instead of allowing the legislative process to proceed, the President ignored the concerns of state and local law enforcement, ranchers, sportsmen, and others and chose to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area a monument with the stroke of a pen. Due to the President's designation, the U.S. Border Patrol, as well as, state and local law enforcement officers will be prevented from having full access to nearly 500,000 acres of land near the Mexican border. The Border Patrol must now comply with the requirements of several federal land management laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Wilderness Act, and Endangered Species Act--some of which will limit access to the monument except for on-foot or horseback. […] As a result, this newly designated national monument is practically an invitation to drug-runners and human smugglers, as if they even needed one. And I have not even mentioned the possibility that those who would seek to harm us including vicious drug cartels, transnational gangs, and terrorist groups like Hezbollah or others could try to breach our sovereignty in order to carry out possibly heinous acts. It's critical for Border Patrol and state and local law enforcement to work together to determine how they will reduce the likelihood that this area becomes a sanctuary for these groups." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Stevan Pearce, Brandon Judd, Todd Garrison, and Marc R. Rosenblum.
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