Congressman Asks: How Many Migrants Crossing Through Designated Environmental Areas to Avoid Border Patrol?
Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R) wants to know if federal environmental protection laws are making it easier for illegal immigrants to unlawfully enter the country.
After touring a detention center on Saturday where illegal immigrant children are being housed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Rep. Bridenstine asked the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) if Border Patrol agents are banned from lands protected by environmental protection laws--lands that illegal immigrants may be using to enter the United States.
In a letter to Kenneth Wolfe, the deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs at HHS, Bridenstine asked the percentage of illegal immigrant children coming across the border in areas where the Obama administration has denied Border Patrol agents "access due to (1) federal environmental laws and (2)
other federal laws." He requested that HHS provide him with answers by July 18.
As Breitbart News has been reporting, at least 57,000 illegal immigrant children have crossed the border since October of last year, and federal officials believe at least 150,000 more will do so next year.
Bridenstine also noted in a statement that the border crisis is directly related to this administration’s "failed policies and refusal to enforce the law" and that Obama's "$3.7 billion spending proposal will not stop the crisis."
"Solving this is a matter of national security and national sovereignty," he said. "We must secure the border and dissuade people from making, or sending their children on, this dangerous journey."
Bridenstine also mentioned that he was "impressed with the professionalism and compassion of the people who work at the HHS facility, as well as the Lawton/Ft. Sill community."