Oversight and Investigations Chairman Westerman, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

February 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) visited the U.S. border with Mexico for an update on the nation’s border security.

“The security of the United States is our utmost priority,” said Westerman. “Unfortunately, bureaucrats in Washington have made securing our southern border unnecessarily difficult, if not impossible. Environmental rules and regulations are ignored by drug smugglers, human traffickers, and others intent on harming Americans.  Illegal border crossings through federally owned lands destroys vital endangered species’ habitat, increases erosion, and leaves behind mountains of trash and debris.  Ironically, the very same burdensome regulations prevent the U.S. Border Patrol from executing its mission: stopping illegal crossings of our border. This visit was eye opening and will inform my work on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations going forward.”

“Our Border Patrol agents need access to federal lands in order to do their jobs. Under the status quo, that access is being denied,” Bishop stated. “It is unacceptable when it can take months for federal law enforcement to get permission to fill cross-border drug tunnels or to repair an access route to apprehend human traffickers.”