President Obama will be declaring a national monument in Southern New Mexico this Wednesday. This monument has been controversial from the beginning. Rachers and local law enforcement insist that the land restrictions will create a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will cover 500,000 acres and half of it will be closed to vehicles and construction. The monument would cover hundreds of thousands of acres right next to the Mexican border.
“This is about opposing so many thousands of acres that is going to create nothing more than a pathway for criminals to get into this country to do their criminal acts,” Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Monday.
Many people think this will be the beginning of 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.
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