New Bills Threaten National Parks, Wilderness, Wildlife Refuges Within 100 Miles of Borders With Canada, Mexico

Click the graphic to expand.

H.R. 399 and S. 208 would give unprecedented power to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disregard bedrock conservation and environmental laws on lands managed by the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture within 100 miles of the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico. These are the laws that protect our unique natural heritage, help to keep our water and air safe and clean, and have provided recreational opportunities for generations of hunters and anglers, hikers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Click the graphic to expand.

“Border security and immigration reform need not be accomplished through the waiver or infringement of existing laws and procedures, or by sacrificing our unique natural heritage,” said Jim Mathews, a US public lands policy expert with The Pew Charitable Trusts. “These provisions pose significant risks to our nation’s environment and public lands, and the rule of law.”

The bills would allow for the construction of roads, barriers, communications, and surveillance structures, and the deployment of infrastructure such as forward operating bases to support tactical operations in our nation’s national parks, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas.

This new authority, granting total and unfettered control of public lands within the 100-mile zone, is unnecessary to secure U.S. borders, and neither the Department of Homeland Security nor U.S. Customs and Border Protection has requested it.

National Homeownership Month

Article

37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

Quick View
Article

Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.