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  • Bishop Introduces Bill to Close Vast Gaps on U.S. Border
    Posted in Press Release on June 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    WASHINGTON–Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, today introduced the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (H.R. 2398), which will address some of the current problems plaguing U.S. border security efforts. The bill specifically examines the role that federal land policies play in aiding drug trafficking and human smuggling into the U.S. “Taking up sweeping immigration reform is futile unless ... Read more

  • Bishop, Chaffetz Offer Condolences to Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent, Decry Ongoing Border Violence
    Posted in Press Release on October 2, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security & Immigration

    WASHINGTON– Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman of the House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations and whose district includes Provo, Utah, released the following statements regarding the shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Naco, Arizona. Naco, Arizona is located in the U.S. Border ... Read more

  • Op-ed: Bolstering border security on federal lands
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    By Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) view the online version, which appeared in The Hill Most Americans agree that as a sovereign nation we should have a safe and secure border, both in the north with Canada and in the south with Mexico. While we have made strides over the past 10 years to improve security, serious vulnerabilities remain. Federally managed land located throughout the southern U.S. border has become a haven of criminal activity. The areas with the highest presence of traffickers and smug... Read more

  • Bishop Amendment to Modify Border Language in House Legislative Package Passes the House
    Posted in Press Release on June 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    WASHINGTON— An amendment offered by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) to modify the language of the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act passed the House. These changes will be applied to existing text of the bill, which is currently among those included in the 14-bill package to be voted on in the House later today. “This legislation is the right thing for this country and these changes will take an important bill and make it even stronger. At the end of the day, this matter is far ... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation that Aims to Shut Down Drug Trafficking on Federal Lands
    Posted in Press Release on June 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    WASHINGTON–Today, the House of Representatives approved a legislative package of 14 bills, which included the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, authored by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01). The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act addresses the U.S. Border Patrol’s longstanding need to have greater access to some of the most highly trafficked areas within the border region, especially along the southern U.S.-Mexico border. “The Border Patrol’s inability to routinely... Read more

  • House to Address Drug Trafficking on Federal Lands
    Posted in Press Release on June 14, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    WASHINGTON–Next week, the House of Representatives will consider the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, a package of 14 Natural Resources Committee bills. Among the bills included in the package is the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act [H.R. 1505], sponsored by National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01). Congressman Bishop will offer an amendment on the House floor to make final adjustments and improvements to the existing bill text. Th... Read more

  • Major Utah Drug Bust Yields 56 lbs of Meth from Mexico
    Posted in Article on May 22, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security & Immigration

    Meth bust may be biggest in Utah’s history By Erin Alberty The Salt Lake Tribune May 22, 2012 Federal agents seized more than 56 pounds of methamphetamine Sunday night in what investigators believe is the largest meth bust in Utah’s history. The drugs were found about 10 p.m. Sunday in a car in Salt Lake County as part of a yearlong investigation of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, said Sue Thomas, spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Agency. At 97 to 100 percent pure — “phenomenal” quality, Thomas said... Read more

  • Rehberg’s bill needed to protect our northern border
    Posted in Article on May 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Border Security & Immigration

    Guest column by CORY SWANSON Congressman Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., has taken some heat over his support of H.R. 1505, a bill that strengthens America’s ability to protect itself by securing our borders against illegal aliens, drug and human traffickers, and terrorists. Rehberg’s opponents have conjured up a bunch of false attacks that this bill will cut off hunters from public lands, even though Rehberg has specifically ensured the bill contains language preventing closures to hunter access. As a... Read more

  • ICYMI--New efforts from BLM to guard desert in southern Arizona
    Posted in Article on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    “This clearly illustrates that the BLM recognizes that public lands are overrun with criminal activity, and as a result, the land is suffering severe environmental degradation. While bringing in law enforcement rangers is a well-intentioned effort, the best long term solution must be one that allows U.S. Border Patrol agents to have a greater routine presence on our federal lands. They must be able to apprehend and deter criminals on all areas throughout the border region. This is key to our ove... Read more

  • ICYMI--Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in Montana
    Posted in Article on May 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Border Security & Immigration

    “The issues concerning border security go beyond drug smuggling. The gaps in security on our nations public lands not only provide access for drug and human traffickers, but also potential terrorists. Opponents of H.R. 1505 have set out to misrepresent the facts of the legislation. To be clear, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act was introduced to address the limitations placed on the U.S. Border Patrol’s access to public lands located throughout the border region. It importan... Read more