Text: H.R.612 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 612


To amend the Wilderness Act to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct certain activities to secure the international land borders of the United States, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 16, 2019

Mr. Johnson of Louisiana introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Wilderness Act to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct certain activities to secure the international land borders of the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Securing Our Borders and Wilderness Act”.

SEC. 2. U.S. Customs and Border Protection access to wilderness areas.

Section 4(d) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(8) U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION ACCESS.—

“(A) PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection may conduct the following activities within a wilderness area for the purpose of securing the international land borders of the United States:

“(i) Access structures, installations, and roads.

“(ii) Execute search and rescue operations.

“(iii) Use motor vehicles, motorboats, and motorized equipment.

“(iv) Conduct patrols on foot and on horseback.

“(v) Notwithstanding any other law or regulation relating specifically to use of aircraft in a wilderness area or in the airspace above a wilderness area, use aircraft, including approach, landing, and takeoff.

“(vi) Deploy tactical infrastructure and technology.

“(vii) Construct and maintain roads and physical barriers.

“(B) PROTECTION OF WILDERNESS CHARACTER.—Any activity conducted by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection under subparagraph (A) shall be carried out in a manner that, to the greatest extent possible, protects the wilderness character of the area.”.


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