ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection is looking into the problems by New Mexico’s top land manager about the question of whether the federal agents have access to a milelong stretch of state land along the U.S.-mexico border.
Federal officials sent to New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn a letter this month about his concerns about the installation of a wall, the infrastructure and the roads on state trust land years ago. The letter released Thursday says the agency is collecting records and is planning to meet with Dunn in the beginning of April.
Karl Calvo, a deputy commissioner, who oversees the Customs and border protection of the facilities and assets, said in the letter that the agency attaches great value to its relationship with the State land registry.
“An important part of the CBP’s strategy to successfully secure the nation’s borders includes the development and use of partnerships and dialogue with national and local stakeholders to ensure that the unique needs of each region are effectively met,” Calvo wrote.
The letter was sent to Dunn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, after he signs and is deposited on the land along the border. Dunn said his office was forced to take action in the beginning of March, after the U.S. government failed to respond to his previous correspondence.
Dunn proposes that the federal government was never given the necessary authorization to access the state of the country and has not been compensated for New Mexico for the use of the goods. He called it a national sovereignty issue, and said the revenues from the development or use of state trust land helps fund public education.
“I am convinced that we can agree on the condition that will enable us to collect revenue for New Mexico school children and in the management of their national security operations,” Dunn said in a statement Thursday.
The debate about the installation of more fencing along the border heated up recently when a federal judge’s side of the Trumpet management about a challenge to building barriers in parts of California and New Mexico. There is no timeline for when the work might begin with the replacement of gates along a 20 mile (32 km) stretch in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
The State of the Bureau of the Country began with the studies of the effects of the construction can after some Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation aimed at blocking the construction of New Mexico trust land. The land office oversees millions of acres, including a patchwork along the provincial border with Mexico.
Dunn’s staff determined that a package between the Santa Teresa port of entry, and El Paso, Texas, was in the first instance, to what was then the territory of New Mexico under the 1898 Ferguson Act.
New Mexico officials argue the package was never a part of the buffer zone is determined by a 1907 presidential decree to ensure the federal government could patrol along the southern border.