Environmentalists: Keep ‘secret highway for illegals’ open

A controversial bill in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at plugging the flow of illegal activity along America’s borders has pitted environmentalists and national park advocates against those championing national security.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, has proposed HR Bill 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which would prohibit the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking actions on public lands that impede border security, instead granting the secretary of Homeland Security immediate access to federal property on international land and maritime borders for the purpose of building a fence, patrolling and monitoring the borders.

Bishop claims the law is necessary because drug and human traffickers have been using federal parks and government-owned land as an easy highway system for crossing into the U.S. without interference from Border Patrol.

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