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Environmental laws to delay filling of the illegal cross-border Tunnel
Why some lawmakers and border patrol agents are frustrated with environmental laws, the delay in the filling of the illegal cross-border Tunnel.
Environment-bureaucracy is causing “long waits” for the boundary substances as they try to fill the tunnels used to smuggle people and dangerous drugs into the United States from Mexico, according to border officials and Republican legislators who have discussed the problem with the agent.
Frustrated agents in the lengthy Federal review complain process can stop, critical tunnel-plugging efforts for months, after the passages are discovered for the first time.
The tunnels are used to move people, illegal drugs and even fake drugs. But to keep rules, consisting of laws such as the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the migratory bird Treaty act “renovation”.
“I’ve heard first-Hand accounts of our Border Patrol agents, the environmental bureaucracy and its ability to secure the border,” Utah REP Rob Bishop, the Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, hinder Fox News said this week.
In February 2015, an agent, a sophisticated border tunnel the length of three football fields in the town of Naco, Arizona discovered. The tunnel was equipped with supports with wood and cement-stem with a hydraulic lift.
(From Fox News)
Bishop, along with Arkansas GOP Rep. Bruce Westerman, traveled to the Arizona border in February to meet with border agents and discuss how the environmental laws and regulations on safety. Bishop, who has legislation to deal with these problems, said they learned of the “significant delay in protection from illegal tunnels”, a process where they are filled with gravel and concrete.
A Customs and Border Protection officially confirmed to Fox News that you’ve encountered the “long wait times” in suspended Tunnel, the recognition of the environmental requirements to make a “good part of the delay.”
The official said, other delays, with the “clearing out a tunnel, mapping out of the tunnel, U-Bahn, in order to know where you to the solution from the top, first means for the recovery and the performance of a contract to a construction company to carry out the renovation.”
Arkansas GOP Rep. Bruce Westerman, and Utah, REP Rob Bishop, the Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, traveled to the Arizona border in February and met with border agents to discuss how environmental laws and regulations that impact on the border guard.
(Via the House Committee on Natural Resources)
A particularly long-winded answer, turned to a sophisticated border tunnel — the length of three football fields, discovered — in the town of Naco, Arizona., in February of 2015. Photos show the tunnel, complete with wooden supports and cement the shaft with a hydraulic lift.
Fox News learned it took between nine months to a year before it was fully restored. Agents were told it was because of the protection of the environment.
While this played out during the Obama administration, officials say agents the encounter with this type of delays, under the current administration.
“Border security you should never take a backseat to the EPA, when you consider how dangerous drugs, the said in this country, such as fentanyl,” Brandon Judd, the President of the National Border Patrol Council, in an interview. “The fact that the tunnel was probably used to bring fentanyl in this country, and other dangerous drugs. You don’t like the Tunnel, to bring that you simply, the illegal immigants. You can use these for your high-dollar products, such as illegal drugs.”
A tunnel found in Naco, Arizona in the year 2015, including wood-based and cement-stem with a hydraulic lift.
(From Fox News)
The tug-of-war for access to Federal land has for decades and flared frequently under the Obama administration. While the border agents patrol the area, several other agencies with the task of protecting the land from human interference. Everything take of mobile surveillance equipment for the improvement of a road, can months.
While Judd mentioned, the EPA, the process of a number of agencies actually contains, especially within the Interior and agriculture departments. In 2006, in an agreement with the departments of border agents access to Federal land under certain conditions. As a Bishop this question during the administration, the Ministry of the interior stresses that the agencies work closely together and that a balance between security and the protection of the environment.
But delays in the filling of the tunnels have been a source of frustration.
Judd said agents are frustrated when they have to “babysit” a tunnel in an environmental assessment, because it can be used lasts until the resources could be elsewhere.
Tunnels are most common in the San Diego sector, according to the Natural Resources Committee. But to fix even the seemingly simple Tunnel, can take several months.
In 2014, according to the Committee, San Diego sector Border Patrol agents discovered a small tunnel that uses a rail system to move elements under the border in the United States.
The hydraulic lift of a tunnel discovered, the agent in 2015. It took to fill 9 months to a year, in the tunnel.
(From Fox News)
The tunnel itself was almost 4 feet, 6 inches high and 2 feet wide. It is the delivery of 2,500 feet in length and ran for over 1,000 yards in the United States.
The area contained a small wetland. It took about four months to complete a bird-study and fill in the tunnel.
The Committee has cited that example as a “best-case scenario” has in comparison with other tunnels, in which the renovation took longer because of different regulations.
Other border Tunnel discovered in San Diego news. Last August, border agents arrested 30 illegal immigrants, including 23 Chinese nationals outside a smuggling tunnel. The tunnel was fence in the vicinity of a boundary, but was obscured by the dry brush and branches. It is unclear whether there are any delays in filling this course.
Bishop pushing right to the rehabilitation of the tunnels on state, and a number of other CBP activities — be exempt from the requirements of the environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Bishop’s proposal, hidden in two border security bills, in particular the power of the Interior and agriculture to limit-to prevent departments, the border agents on the job. Neither has the Department is responding to a request for comment from Fox News.
“Our border patrol agents have said the tools and authority to secure our Southern border, and without the rationalization of the bureaucracy, that will not happen,” Bishop.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.