Obama Green Lights Another BLM Land Grab – Half Million Acres
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) already controls a quarter BILLION acres of land in the United States, and on the heels of their recent attempt at the Bundy ranch in Nevada – their latest land grab in New Mexico through executive privilege adds an additional 500,000 acres to the Fed’s real estate holdings.
What’s worse, is this half million acres will largely become “no man’s land” and being along the border of Mexico and New Mexico – will enable easier (illegal) ‘unseen’ border crossings into the United States while existing ranchers who use the lands for grazing will be booted off…
The Washington Times reports “President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S.”
Local ranchers say it’s a land grab that will interfere with their grazing rights, and border security advocates said the move will make it tougher for federal agents and local police to patrol the land, leaving a security gap that Mexican smuggling cartels will exploit.
…land rights advocates said it is the precursor to more conflicts like the recent standoff in Nevada, where a rancher refused to comply with a court order that he stop grazing on Bureau of Land Management property, prompting the BLM to confiscate his cattle, though they were returned after a public outcry.
Only Congress can declare a national park, but under the 1906 Antiquities Act the president has the power to declare national monuments, which is the method being exploited by the executive branch to circumvent Congress (and therefore, in theory, the will of the people).
About half the Organ Mountains monument will be designated as wilderness, the highest level of protection, closing it to motorized vehicles and human construction.
Sheriff Garrison said that will shut down roads that his department uses to patrol the land, though he said the cartels are unlikely to stop using it just because it is declared wilderness.
“My fear is these areas will be used more than they are now because they’ll have access to it that will be private and closed off to every law-abiding citizen,” the sheriff said. “I believe this monument will hamper law enforcement’s ability to effectively patrol the area we need to patrol.”