A new report by a University of Arizona professor disputes Rep. Rob Bishop's recent assertions that federal wildlands regulations are hindering Border Patrol activities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reports Public News Service:
A bill in Congress would exempt Border Patrol agents from observing federal rules protecting public lands along the border. Sponsor Rob Bishop of Utah says the rules hinder national security. But a new report states the contrary: that collaboration among federal land management agencies and Homeland Security is actually helping those agencies pursue their missions.
Report author Dr. Kirk Emerson, University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy, found many examples where the agencies worked together to protect wilderness and wildlife habitat while helping secure the border.
(See also related Washington Independent story.)