Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

National Security vs. Environmental Law November 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — ktaylor3 @ 2:32 am

In an effort to further secure the northern border, Congress is considering a proposal that could give deference to the border patrol agency over environmental laws. Evidently the bill could allow the agency to build new roads, establish bases, and use motorized equipment on lands designated wilderness, in an effort to secure the border between the United States and Canada. The biggest fight is taking place in Montana, where most of the state’s border with Canada is federal land. Supporters of this bill are arguing that environmental laws should not stand in the way of national security. On the other hand, opponents of the bill are arguing that there is insufficient evidence to establish that illegal border crossings are a problem. Opponents argue that illegal border crossings from Canada are in fact incredibly rare in comparison to the number of illegal crossings that occur at the Mexican border.

Crazier things have been done in the name of national security, so this will be interesting situation to keep tabs on.


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