Environmental Regulations Leave 40% of the Border Unpatrolled

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Published on July 28, 2014

The border crisis that came under fire weeks ago, is fast becoming issue numero uno in the 2014 election cycle and is far from over. In addition, 56% of respondents in a Fox News Poll say the current administration has not been competent handling “the southern border.”

Making a bad situation worse, The Hill reports that 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border are unmanned by the U.S. Border Patrol. This vast area falls under control of the U.S. Department of Interior and Forest Services.

The reason? The latter agency prohibits the former agency from patrolling to protect wildlife habitats.

Seizing on the opportunity, Sen. Ted Cruz blasted, “There is no doubt that the restrictions on accessing land along the border have made it more difficult for the Border Patrol to do their job. It seems a common-sense reform to say that the Border Patrol should be able to fully access and patrol the border.”