[Ed. – Who knew Obama would be doing national security a favor by designating so much land under presidential authority? The arrangements his administration used to limit Border Patrol access, Trump can use to shift Interior Department patrol assets to where they’ll bring the most benefit for national security. The absurdity here is that Congress makes such stopgap measures necessary.]
The Trump administration is sending a new “surge” of rangers from US national parks such as Zion, Yosemite and the National Mall to patrol the southern border for crossings by illegal immigrants.
Continuing a controversial policy initiated in 2018, rangers who work in law enforcement will be dispatched to Organ Pipe Cactus national monument on the Arizona and Mexico border as well as Big Bend national park on the border in south-west Texas.
Donald Trump has been unable to obtain funding for his border emergency plan, which includes an increase in immigration enforcement officials as well as large sums for border wall construction. Diverting rangers from national parks is a way to direct federal resources to the border without the need for congressional approval.