June 29, 2012
I live in Michigan, which, of course, borders Canada. I’ve never really thought much about the border. I suppose I simply figured the most egregious smuggling here involves bootleg maple syrup and duty-free liquor. But apparently, it’s dangerous ground.So dangerous, in fact, the U.S. House approved a bill on Tuesday that, according to opponents, would supersede some pretty powerful national laws including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act.The "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act," would give the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection sweeping access to federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S. border. These are lands, of course, that are largely open to public hunting and fishing.
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