Rep. Rob Bishop mourns the Dec. 14 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona and criticizes the Obama administration for failing to address the growing problem of criminal activity on federal lands along the U.S.-Mexico border. Says Bishop in a press release issued Wednesday:
“It is unacceptable that our federal lands continue to serve as drug trafficking and human smuggling superhighways. It’s no secret why criminal organizations entering the U.S. from Mexico strategically target federal lands as the most ideal and secure route to traffic drugs, smuggle humans and carry out a host of other criminal acts. Strict environmental regulations are enabling a culture of unprecedented lawlessness that has led to numerous deaths on federal lands, including yesterday’s tragic death of Agent [Brian A.] Terry."