In an effort to keep boating and fishing along the southern
border of the United States safe, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is supporting H.R. 1505, the National
Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which has passed the House and is
now being considered in the Senate. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) offered an
amendment to the bill at committee markup that includes revisions to strengthen
private property rights, and protect sportsmen and recreational enthusiasts’
access to public lands.
The land along our southern borders are some of the most
dangerous areas in our country and are laced with lakes, reservoirs, and rivers
where recreational boaters and anglers frequent. However, the Border Patrol has
been prohibited from using their motorized vehicles to patrol these areas or
place electronic surveillance structures by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency because of concern over harm to the environment. As a result, our
Federal lands have become a highway open to criminals, drug smugglers, human
traffickers, and potential terrorists, which has escalated to violence against
Americans enjoying the area for boating and fishing.