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Fed bill would give Border Patrol unprecedent authority in BWCA, Voyageurs

Published 11/14/2011, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT

More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House. No current plans exist to build such infrastructure, but a border-long environmental assessment is being completed to expedite such plans if needed in the future.

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