By Tammy Alexander
In June the House passed a bill that would have allowed border patrol to waive environmental and public health laws in federal lands within 100 miles of the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. Plans to build three areas of border fencing in Texas flood plains were approved by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) despite concerns from its Mexican counterpart that it would lead to flooding and violate a bi-national treaty.
MCC Washington Office staff met with State Department officials to discuss the IBWC decision and also with the Army Corp of Engineers to discuss the permitting process for mountaintop removal coal mining.
As immigration reform bills are debated in Congress, we will continue to watch for proposals that would negatively impact the environment or border communities.