14 Sep '11, 7pm

Congressional Push Continues to Gut Environmental Protections Along U.S. Borders

For Immediate Release, September 14, 2011 Contact: Randy Serraglio, (520) 784-1504 Congressional Push Continues to Gut Environmental Protections Along U.S. Borders TUCSON, Ariz. — Under the guise of border security, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill today that would grant border-enforcement agencies free rein on federal lands within 300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. After criticism from colleagues in his own party that the 300-mile limit went far beyond the scope of border-enforcement activities, McCain scaled it back to 100 miles, and the amendment was added to the bill. “Politicians are playing games with important border-security legislation at the expense of laws that protect clean air, water and endangered species,” said Randy Serraglio, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Div...

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