The Space Shuttle lands at White Sands, New Mexico. The missile testing range is near a national monument bordering Mexico. Photo: NASA
The Space Shuttle lands at White Sands, New Mexico. The missile testing range is now near a national monument bordering Mexico. Photo: NASA

Earlier this year Obama designated the Desert Peaks National Monument surrounding Las Cruces, New Mexico, as a federally designated monument.

Obama set aside the land with an executive order under the Antiquities Act, a law passed by Congress and signed by Theodore Roosevelt on June 8, 1906.

“The president acted unilaterally in this, without the input of Congress,” Carol Cooper, a rancher who owns about a third of the set aside land, told Newsmax in May.

The area, nearly a half million acres comprising a wide swath of Doña Ana County bordering the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is now off limits to all but foot traffic – and drug cartels and possibly ISIS.

Police in Doña Ana County warn the creation of a national monument along the border where police traffic is prohibited provides Mexican drug cartels with what amounts to a corridor to move drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants into the United States.

The New Mexico State Police, Doña Ana Sheriff’s Department, and the Las Cruces Police Department have been aware of cartel activity in the area for years.

“They’re here,” Metro Narcotics Sgt. Bobby Holden told the El Paso Times in September, 2010. “They’ve been here for a long time.”

In 2010, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu told an indifferent corporate media how his deputies “were outmanned and outgunned by the cartel smugglers who increasingly operate using military tactics and weapons,” Human Events reported.

“Pinal County contains an estimated 75-100 drug cartel cells and listening posts/observation posts, used to facilitate the illegal transportation of people and narcotics into the United States,” he wrote on his web page in 2011.

ISIS and the Open Border

Last week reported on a warning issued by Judicial Watch. The nonprofit advocacy group said government sources reported the terrorist group ISIS is active in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city across the border from El Paso, Texas.

El Paso is located near the border of New Mexico and adjoining Doña Ana County. The county is host to the White Sands Missile Range, the largest military complex in the United States and obviously a prime target for terrorists. White Sands is an important component of the aerospace industry and the military industrial complex.

It is a short distance from Fort Bliss, headquartered in El Paso, and Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Holloman is home to the 49th Wing and supports national security objectives and, like White Sands, would be a prize target for ISIS.

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