Local Law Enforcement & Ranchers Fume as Barack Obama Seizes 500,000 Acres in New Mexico for Environmentalists
Obama has stolen more land for federal government by declaring Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a national monument under a the Antiquities Act which will take grazing land away from ranchers and make it illegal for local police to patrol the area now that it’s federal land.
Via Washington Times
President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S.
Mr. Obama will declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and construction.
Local ranchers say it’s a land grab that will interfere with their grazing rights, and border security advocates said the move will make it tougher for federal agents and local police to patrol the land, leaving a security gap that Mexican smuggling cartels will exploit.
“This is about opposing so many thousands of acres that is going to create nothing more than a pathway for criminals to get into this country to do their criminal acts,” Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Monday.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency refuted the claim that the national monument designation would threaten border security.
“This designation will in no way limit our ability to perform our important border security mission, and in fact provides important flexibility as we work to meet this ongoing priority,” said spokeswoman Jenny Burke. “CBP is committed to continuing to work closely with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain border security while ensuring the protection of the environment along the border.”
American’s better wake up and stand up before this land hoarding of Obama and the fed sucks up all of America’s land mass. While the fed owns nearly 650 million acres or almost 30% of the land in America they own half to the entire land mass of some states like California (fed owns 50%), Alaska (fed owns 60%), Utah (feds own 66%) and Nevada (fed owns over 80%) just to name a few. The less land the states and the people own the less sovereignty either have.