Lisa Mandelkern/AP – The Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument, near Las Cruces, N.M. Following a nearly decade-long campaign to gain protection for the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico, the White House says President Obama will designate the area a national monument.
In the great big give-away to environmentalist organizations and the tourism industry, Mr. Obama has designated half a million acres to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument under the 1906 Antiquties Act, though half the land will remain a wilderness area. Republicans in Congress suggested he designate 50,000 acres to the park but Mr. Obama rejected that in favor of this enormous land grab along the Mexican border. It will be impossible to keep the drug cartels from using the land as a refuge and a portal for smugglers.
He has the support of the two Democratic senators of New Mexico.
This land grab will also shut off grazing rights for many ranchers. It will take the land off the tax rolls and out of potential developers hands which falls in line with the goals of The Wildlands Project. The Wildlands Project plans to preserve half the land in the United States for plant life and animals. Humans will of necessity be moved into congested urban habitats.
The Organ Pipe land in Arizona is already filled with drug dealers and it’s almost identical to the planned New Mexico park. The forest fires being started in these areas are almost always started by the bad guys to either distract the border patrol or to be rescued.
There is no way to protect the area from cartels and potential terrorists. There is no doubt that this is the case because the land is already a haven for them.
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument had the following warning posted on its website “Due to our proximity to the International Boundary with Mexico, some areas near the border are closed for construction and visitor safety concerns.” The warning goes on to list roads that are closed indefinitely to vehicle traffic. It also noted on another page that “visitors should be aware that drug smuggling routes pass through the park.”
Both of those pages have been taken down.
However, I was able to get a 2008 screen grab of the website page from The Wayback Machine:
The next is a screen grab of the border concerns page from The Wayback Machine in February 2012:
It would be crazy for tourists to hike and travel through it without armed guards. That holds true of the Arizona park and it will hold true of the New Mexico park.
“This is about opposing so many thousands of acres that is going to create nothing more than a pathway for criminals to get into this country to do their criminal acts,” Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Monday.
Sheriff Garrison said that it will shut down roads that his department uses to patrol the land, though he said the cartels are unlikely to stop using it just because it is declared wilderness.
“My fear is these areas will be used more than they are now because they’ll have access to it that will be private and closed off to every law-abiding citizen,” the sheriff said. “I believe this monument will hamper law enforcement’s ability to effectively patrol the area we need to patrol.”
U.S. Border Patrol will have some access to the land but most routine patrols through the wilderness will be banned. They will be allowed to pursue smugglers if it is a hot pursuit.
The tourism Mr. Obama hopes to promote will involve traveling through what will be a dangerous park and anyone who goes without armed escorts is a fool.
The land will be monitored by the Bureau of Land Management which means we will have to get some new signs printed up like this one on the Arizona-Mexico border:
The land is under the complete control of the Mexican drug cartels.
Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who has studied the issue, argues that the environmental restrictions have indeed hurt the Border Patrol’s ability to do its job. He asked Mr. Obama to hold off until the border can be controlled but it was a pointless effort. Mr. Obama knows of the problem and does not care.
Rep. Bishop cited an attack that a National Park Service employee at Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument suffered last year at the hands of drug smugglers but Mr. Obama doesn’t care about that either.
Expect more of this. It’s part of the pen and phone dictatorship and Mr. Obama has only just begun.
Last June, Rob Bishop reported about the hole through the U.S. Wilderness that is both a refuge and a portal for drug cartels and terrorists.
Most drug cartels and terrorists cross our borders through federal wilderness. Border agents can’t pursue them because our government is afraid law enforcement will interfere with the wildlife. Pronghorn goats are of particular concern. The goats don’t stop the criminals, however, and they – the criminals – are destroying the habitat. The US federal lands are now too dangerous for Americans to enter.
The most frequented route for drug cartels and terrorists is through federal lands. Border agents are not allowed to follow illegal criminals into US federal lands because the government in their wisdom feels law enforcement might harm some animals or plants with their vehicles. The criminals of course don’t care and have made a home there.
The kinds of people coming across our borders, mostly through federal lands, should terrify you:
Congressman Bishop says that three branches of government are responsible for federal land which accounts for 40% of the southern border with Mexico – DHS, Department of Interior, and the Forestry Service. More than four million acres of the land is in the wilderness territory.
To protect a small number of pronghorn goats and other designated wildlife/plants, border patrol is not allowed to pursue drug cartels and human traffickers into federally-owned wilderness – only the criminal illegals go in. Ironically, these same criminals destroy the land and kill and rape people in these lands, lands well within the US border.
These areas which are as I said, well within the US border, have been taken over by the cartels. It is unsafe for citizens to enter these lands, and, again, border patrol is not allowed to go in.
The cartels are now in possession of millions of acres of US territory which we have ceded to them for the sake of goats and the like.
To give you an example of the insanity, a communication tower that was essential for the border patrol to do their work was not allowed to be put on a wilderness designation. It was instead put in an area where it would not work. It created a black hole for communications that is three miles wide and the cartels go through there unscathed. This tower was moved to allow the wildlife to run free.
This is nuts! Before we legalize anyone, we need to address these problems. Listen to Mr. Bishop to the end, you will be shocked:
Even though Mr. Obama can evade Congress using the Antiquities Act, it is an overreach.
Carney said Wednesday’s designation — which Obama will sign at the Interior Department, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will commemorate in New Mexico on Friday — is part of a week-long effort to help businesses “invest here in America” and spur job development.
In other words, it is part of Mr. Obama’s pen and phone dictatorship which he announced yet again in his weekly address last week. It’s hard to see how it will promote any business other than the Mexican drug trade.
According to The Washington Post, Mike Matz of Pew Charitable Trusts said the president’s actions could spur Congress to protect more land.
“True to his word, President Obama is going to use the authority granted to him by Congress to protect a lasting legacy of America’s natural heritage for future generations,” he said in an e-mail. “We hope this is a portent of further action to conserve land by his Administration and by Congress.”
The Post further wrote that Heinrich said he and other lawmakers will continue to work on legislation to address outstanding issues, including a buffer zone for border patrol operations and strengthened wilderness protections.
What I would like to know is how will they get the drug dealers and terrorists to abide by the buffer zone.