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    From left, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall join President Barack Obama on Wednesday at the Department of the Interior in Washington as he signs a proclamation declaring the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area in Southern New Mexico as a national preserve. Courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 11:17 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost a half-million acres of rugged desert terrain along the U.S.-Mexico border as a national monument, marking the largest swath of land to be set aside for that purpose since he took office.

While praised by environmentalists, the move is generating criticism from some lawmakers in the West and local law enforcement agents who see Obama’s use of power as a threat to security in a region where the influence of Mexican drug cartels, human smuggling and illegal immigration are all apparent.

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  • Rick Dumiak posted at 7:57 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    CaptRick Posts: 35

    More Federal land grabbing and limiting taxpayer access to our lands.

     

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