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Creating a hostile enivronment for immigration enforcement.
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But even where there is a nexus between national security
initiatives and environmental concerns, federal lawmakers have
found a way to position themselves at points that erode both
Congressional critics of the proposed border security fence who have argued against the project on the basis of environmental concerns somehow manage to avoid any discussion of the ecological fallout from illegal immigration.
Rosemary Jenks, director of governmental relations for Numbers USA, attended a field hearing in Brownsville, Texas, where the security fence was discussed back in April 2008. The congressional figures who took part in the hearing appeared to be more interested in protecting illegal aliens than they did in protecting natural resources, she laments.
“If all they do is restrict border security, while allowing illegal immigration to continue unabated, they will be complicit in destroying those public lands for future generations,” she observed at the time. “The environmental devastation caused by the illegal flow is far greater than the environmental impact of a security fence at the border.”
While Grijalva tries to undercut immigration enforcement under the guise of environmental protection, immigration politics may have undercut a bigger part of the green agenda. The repackaged global warming bill that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had crafted in concert with Sen. Kerry and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was dealt what is perhaps a fatal blow thanks in large part to pending federal action designed to short-circuit the Arizona law.
“As I have previously indicated, a serious debate on energy legislation is significantly compromised with the cynical politics of comprehensive immigration reform hanging over the Senate,” the South Carolina Republican declared in a released statement.
Conservatives may be divided on the subject of immigration reform, but perhaps they can agree such turnabout is fair play.