House Republicans Free Border Patrol of Liberals’ Red Tape


It’s not likely you have heard of H.R. 1505,  The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (NSFLPA). This outline of what’s in HR 1505 will tell you why the media is keeping a lid on this bill.

NSFLPA will free our Homeland Security Department Border Patrol agents from short sighted and phony environmental laws that keep our borders porous and uncontrollable.

This 180-degree-turn in America’s approach to stemming the tide of illegal aliens sneaking into our country was introduced by Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah. NSFLPA will wave enforcement of a litany of unnecessary and counterproductive liberal laws that have been destroying true conservation efforts for decades.

Under Bishop’s tough enforcement bill, the Department of Homeland Security’s work to protect our borders and coastlines within 100 miles of our borders would no longer be impeded by extraneous laws. In many states Border Patrols would be totally free to protect Americans from border to border. Freeing DHS officers to pursue illegal aliens into protected wildlife and forest areas can be accomplished by suspending enforcement of multiple laws.

H.R. 1505 would provide waivers of these laws:

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973
  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act
  • National Historic Preservation Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • Clean Air Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Noise Control Act of 1972
  • Solid Waste Disposal Act
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980
  • Antiquities Act of 1906, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • Farmland Protection Policy Act
  • Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
  • Wilderness Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976
  • National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966
  • Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956
  • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Administrative Procedure Act
  • Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999, California Desert Protection Act of 1994
  • National Park Service Organic Act, sections of the National Parks and Recreation Act
  • Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990
  • Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974
  • Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960

The only thing better than passing HR 1505 would be wiping these laws off the books for the whole country, but this is a good start.

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