Before we can begin to address the issue of illegal immigration, it is essential that, as a sovereign country, we have complete operational control of our borders in both the South and the North.
Public Lands and Border Security
Overview: Some of the most dangerous areas along the southern border are 20.7 million + acres of Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service (FS) land. Because these areas are remote, mostly uninhabited and are less frequently patrolled, this federal land has become a prime target for criminals and those illegally attempting to cross the border into the United States.
Legislation: (H.R. 2398)- The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act
[BILL TEXT] [OVERVIEW & FACT SHEET] [PRESS RELEASE] [VIDEO] [Op-ed, June 19, 2012]
GRAPHICS: [map of federal lands on southern border] [ # of illegal entries on southern border sector] [trash left in wilderness by drug smugglers]