For Immediate Release
Congressman Grijalva Urges Secretary Napolitano to Review Environmental Impacts on Border Region
WASHINGTON - Today,
Congressman Raùl M. Grijalva and 42 other members of Congress, asked U.S.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, to review the
environmental impacts of border security infrastructure and operations along
the U.S./Mexico border region.
“It is the Secretary’s
responsibility to protect the homeland, not selectively destroy our
environment,” said Grijalva. “This review is necessary to
quantify, compensate for and avoid the negative consequences of border security
infrastructure and operations. DHS should cooperate with other applicable
agencies to create and fund a robust border-wide environmental monitoring program
and to provide sufficient mitigation funding for damage caused by border
enforcement activities. Our local communities are open to working on behalf of
security - not a selective security, but rather one that includes habitat,
national, border, and regional security.”
the past several years, miles of border fence have been constructed by the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This massive federal project has
had serious consequences upon natural and cultural public resources, and has
caused hardship for private land owners, whose lands have been condemned and
livelihoods have been disrupted.