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Flora and Fauna versus Secure Borders

Recently, the Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release criticizing DHS and the Border Patrol because their plan to “triple base size on Arizona-Mexico border puts endangered wildlife, fragile Lands at risk.” While I agree with the Center that Organ Pipe National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge are some of the most scenic and impressive landscapes on our southwest border, this area is also a haven for smugglers and others illegally crossing our open borders to violate our security, our safety and our rule of law.

What the Center for Biological Diversity should also mention is that the people illegally crossing these areas are destroying the environment with their activities; the new facility is intended to reduce any activity in the area over time, thus protecting the environment as much as the country’s population. There have been and continues to be numerous documented cases of people illegally crossing our borders from other countries besides Mexico. These people use Mexico as a transit point to illegally enter our country for myriad reasons, from wanting a better life for their families to committing crimes against our society, and potentially terrorist activities.

The Center for Biological Diversity states, “The Department of Homeland Security should focus its enforcement efforts closer to the border to prevent damage to America’s public lands before it encroaches so far into the United States” referring to the Border Patrol operating 15-20 miles north of the international border. The Border Patrol has a legitimate and valid function operating in that area as part of their efforts to protect U.S. citizens and our security from illegal aliens and other cross-border criminals.

While no conscientious individual wants to see to the unnecessary destruction of pristine flora and fauna, those crossing our borders illegally for whatever reason have no such compunction. This lack of scruples is clearly demonstrated by their lack of respect for our laws, our systems and our way of life. Yet, those who don’t want to cause us harm or continue as criminals do want to become a part of our system, even if they have to violate the system to become a part of it. Therefore, these criminals have no respect for our laws, whether they are immigration laws or environmental laws.

If DHS and the Border Patrol back down to the Center for Biological Diversity on this issue, it will only encourage others wanting to illegally enter our country for whatever reason, to use these well-established and unpatrolled routes through these areas to slink into our nation for their own nefarious purposes and to the detriment of American society.

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations are regrettable; we all wish there was no need for the operation at all. However, until such time that the immigration situation is resolved there will be an impact on society and the environment. It is the Center for whatever’s role to protect the environment, and CBP’s role to protect our borders and thus our society. One hopes that by being mindful of the other’s concerns, CBP operations can be both effective and solicitous of our nation’s heritage.

Anthony Macisco blogs on security as it relates to supply chain issues, cross-border concerns, bank security and general issues affecting critical infrastructure and key resource (CIKR) sectors. Read More
  • Joanmacisco

    How true! Just one more waste of valuable tax dollars. However it does not compare with flying your dog on a private aircraft all alone!!

  • Steve

    “the new facility is intended to reduce any activity in the area over time, thus protecting the environment as much as the country’s population.”  This is a very odd claim since DHS does not assert that the new development is either intended or will result in environmental protection. Quite the oppposite. It admits that the environment will be damaged, but asserts this is acceptable due to its effects on controlling the border.

    So let’s take a lesson from DHS and not pretend this development will be a net environmental benefit. It won’t. Readers may or may not think the damage is justified by border control intentions, but it does our democracy no good to pretend the environment is being helped. 

  • Al Feingold

    Whats the objective of CBP? All those thought we were tasking with protecting the Nation in one facet or another. However, had I know I would have walked gingerly.
    Seriously a or another demonstration  of the the administration NOT having Americas interest at heart! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Francis/100002158029860 Dave Francis

    AMERICA IS BEGINNING TO TURN INTO A
    THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, AS ILLEGAL ALIENS GET A BETTER DEAL THAN US CITIZENS AND
    RESIDENTS, BECAUSE OF THE LEFTIST PROGRESSIVES—POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

     

    My vote is going to whoever is the
    frontrunner of the Tea Party, as well as my family, as both Democrats and
    Democrats have their own decisive agenda’s. Each administration has refused to
    build the real double fence or enforce the 1986 Immigration Control and reform
    act. The TEA PARTY will improve on both of these “Rules of Law” and
    stick like glue to the contents of the U.S. Constitution. As In Article IV,
    Section 4.: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
    Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against
    Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when
    the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

     

    The flood of illegal workers almost
    certainly constitutes an invasion. The TEA PARTY will table any form of Amnesty
    or Immigration Reform and will apply the statutes in the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli
    with strict enforcement according to the bill. Any Sanctuary City or State
    ordinances designed to cater to illegal aliens, will lose federal funding and
    expect ICE sweeps in the future. E-Verify and “Secure Communities”
    will no longer be a voluntary measure, but applied as a mandate to every state.
    The TEA PARTY will amend the 14th Amendment, so 300.000 children of illegal
    aliens annually can no longer get a foothold in America, to ransack the
    people’s welfare programs and public assistance.

     

     

    All new laws will be designed to
    stop economic illegal aliens from the financial avalanche that is happening now,
    which includes CHAIN MIGRATION. Each and every Immigration Reform package
    harvests millions more people CHAIN MIGRATION, which includes the State Dream
    Acts. All visas will be decided on the skills and qualifications of the person
    who wishes to immigrate and unwelcome illegal newcomers will be punished
    harshly for entry. Only the TEA PARTY will enforce our laws, as signified in
    the living US Constitution. The $113 Billion dollars illegally collected by the
    IRS to benefit illegal aliens must be ended for good and not be further
    spiraling out of control because each government refuses to enforce the laws.
    Blue states like the Sanctuary state of California, must be watched by unbiased
    referees, to contain illegal aliens from voting. California’s, Nevada’s lax
    voting laws, need to be revised so everybody must show to forms of official ID,
    with violators of the law heavy fines and a term in prison.

     

    As a postscript, that tomorrow
    President Obama is going to offer a speech on jobs in construction specifically
    repairing Bridges and highways.  We must insure illegal aliens are not
    employed by criminal contractors, who have encourages this type of violation of
    our laws.  Be a “whistle-blower” if you find individuals, who seem
    suspicious in your occupation and inform ICE or local police Department. Read
    all the incendiary newspaper and media articles at “American Patrol”
    that sends the Liberal propaganda activists slinking in dark corners. Lastly,
    learn of the rot that has propagated in Washington and individual States at “Judicial
    Watch.”

    No Copyright. Distribute Freely.

  • Temzbra

    Great points! Typically, those points addressing the damage that
    the illegals cause the environment are overlooked! I’ll never forget the photo that I saw showing all of the trash and debris left by the illegals in the desert. That was sobering and should be widely disseminated!

    Please keep up the good work analyzing these issues!

    Lisa

  • Mike

    This article was fair and accurate.  It again displays the many conflicts the DHS and CBP face keeping the borders safer and therefore the citizens of  the United States safer.