The Executive Proclamation Designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument: Implications for Border Security
"Chairman Duncan, Ranking Member Barber, and Members of the Subcommittee:
Good afternoon. I am Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan think tank in Washington that analyzes U.S. and international migration trends and policies. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today.
As you know, there’s broad, bipartisan congressional consensus in favor of creating an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument, and President Obama recently exercised his authority to create a monument there by presidential proclamation. What is in dispute is how much land should be protected in this way. Legislation introduced by Senators Udall and Heinrich (S.1805) would protect approximately 500,000 acres, while a bill by Congressman Pearce (H.R. 995) would protect an estimated 50,000 acres. The president’s proclamation sets aside about 500,000 acres. [...]"