I originally went searching for the text to the `National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act' (H.R. 1505 of 2011) because I simply could NOT believe anyone would be so STUPID as to believe there is a significant amount of illegal immigration going on through wilderness areas on the border between the US and Canada. I simply cannot justify setting aside more than 30 laws related to the protection of the environment and endangered species, given the number of endangered species and the amount of wilderness area negatively impacted by this legislation.
If people are illegally immigrating from Canada they certainly aren't immigrating for social programs because frankly Canada has MUCH better social programs than the US does. I can't recall the last time some brave (or stupid) soul decided to swim the breadth of Lake Superior (or Huron, Erie and Ontario)to immigrate to the US (though there was a fellow a few years ago swim 50 miles of Lake Superior to raise money for a charity)... Of course Lake Superior is C-C-C-COLD even on the hottest day of summer and hypothermia is always a danger but hey... some doofus in DC thinks someone is going to leap into the water at Wawa (Ontario) and SWIM to Marquette (Michigan)... In the words of Kipling: "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!"
Some of the 9/11 terrorists were claimed to have come in through Canada but that allegation was rapidly shown to be false. Even if they had they would have come through at border crossings rather than wilderness areas so the spectre of terrorists coming through wilderness areas between the US and Canada simply doesn't hold water. Equally... if *I* were to illegally immigrate between the two countries I would use a wilderness area to traipse through...but it's easier to simply drive up to the border crossing area, hand over my driver's license (which has my passport information on it) and drive across the border legally. It's not like there's a whole hell of a lot of illegal drug traffic (comparatively speaking) between Montana/Idaho/Washington and BC. Given the topography of that area and the lack of roads (other than logging roads) one would NEED to be an experienced hiker to take that particular "stroll."
Ignore of course the fact that "Homeland Security" would have to BUILD ROADS into and across the areas in question... I mean gee... there's no DANGER to endangered species when we build roads in wilderness areas... (Sarcasm fully intended)
"Shock and Awe" best describes my feelings on reading that several members of the House of Representatives wish to add the following to the Clean Air Act: `The term `air pollutant' shall not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.'. They have titled this the "Free Industry Act" (H.R. 97 of 2011). They followed this bit of nonsense with H.R.2250 the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 which is well on the way to becoming a law... unless of course it dies in the Senate.
Then there's H.R. 1445 of 2011 which states: "The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may not prohibit, limit, or control, based on material composition, any type of firearm ammunition or fishing tackle." GREAT... let's go back to lead shot in shotgun shells... I mean gee... Lead IS such a healthy thing we should all be consuming it daily... Isn't it? (Sarcasm fully intended)
And y'all really need to read H.R. 1905 of 2011... it's short title is the `Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011'.
You can find THOMAS here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/LegislativeData.php?n=BSS
Please excuse me whilst I get out my poisoned pen and apply it to a few hundred letters to legislator... I think it's time forus to start asking them if they have more than 2 brain cells rubbing together!