Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Don’t allow federal security agencies to decimate national parks and wildlife refuges.
America’s beautiful protected lands could soon be opened up to development and deterioration in the name of national security, if legislation introduced by Senator John McCain becomes law. National security is important, but it does not have to jeopardize the security of our wildernesses. Demand that this bill be vetoed so that it can never put our environment at risk.
The “Arizona Borderland Protection and Preservation Act” is designed to degrade protections for national parks, wildlife refuges, national monuments, and other protected lands under the pretext of national security. The proposal would give the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) free reign to disregard environmental protections and operate in millions of acres of protected federal land in Arizona and California, and to develop infrastructure and bases to help its security operations there.
Needless to say, such a law would spell disaster for countless acres of protected land. What makes matters worse is that it would be entirely pointless—despite McCain’s argument that the CBP needs this leeway to conduct its operations, the agency has gone on the record time and time again saying that it is perfectly able to conduct its mission while abiding by existing protections for federal lands.
If this act becomes law, such iconic national treasures as Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Forest, and Sonoran Desert National Monument will be put at risk. Sign the petition below to urge President Obama to veto this legislation when it arrives at his desk so that our wildernesses can remain protected.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding S.750, a bill known as the Arizona Borderland Protection and Preservation Act, which is currently making its way through the legislature and will in all likelihood reach your desk in the near future. This is an incredibly destructive proposal that should be vetoed without a second thought.
This bill, introduced by Senator John McCain, would give the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) free reign to ignore environmental protections and operate in and develop infrastructure on millions of acres of protected public lands in Arizona and California. While national security is important, this proposal is entirely unnecessary because the CBP has said repeatedly that it is entirely capable of fulfilling its national security duties within the confines of existing environmental protections and in cooperation with the federal agencies that protect and manage these public lands.
Though Senator McCain’s intentions may be sincere, there’s no need to risk the welfare of California and Arizona’s sensitive protected lands in the name of national security if the agency it is purported to help has gone on record saying that it is unneeded. I urge you to veto S.750, the Arizona Borderland Protection and Preservation Act, when it arrives on your desk so that our lands may remain protected from development and deterioration far into the future.
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