22 May 2014 - Obama creates new national monument
Obama creates national monument in New Mexico, sparking border concerns
Roberta Rampton (The Chicago Tribune)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared almost 500,000 acres of mountains, canyons and desert caves near the U.S.-Mexico border a national monument, which drew criticism from Republicans and local law enforcement that the move could put border security at risk.
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region includes "Outlaw Rock" where Billy the Kid inscribed his name more than 130 years ago, and Apache chief Geronimo is believed to have used the mountains to hide out.
Obama, who is extolling the economic benefits of tourism this week, took a 10-minute stroll over to the Interior Department from the White House to sign the proclamation, greeting tourists from Israel, China, Germany and elsewhere who were walking on the National Mall.
Barnini Chakraborty (Fox News)
WASHINGTON – Local officials in New Mexico warn a move by the Obama administration to designate nearly a half-million acres as a national monument could open up a crime corridor making it easier for illegal immigrants to cross the border and for drug cartels to operate undetected.
President Obama made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, setting aside 498,815 acres of land as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Unlike national parks which must be approved by Congress, the president has the power to designate national monuments.
“I’m not finished,” Obama said during Wednesday’s ceremony. The New Mexico national monument is the second one he’s designated this year.
He added, “I am here to pick up a little bit of the slack because there is no time to waste to preserve precious resources and give a shot in the arm to local economies.”
On the way
Staff (NBC News)
It was a rare view of President Barack Obama: strolling along the National Mall with suit jacket slung over his shoulder.
"The bear is loose," the president said to a press pool accompanying him on a muggy, spring afternoon as he walked through a grassy area on the mall known as the Ellipse. "It's good to be out."
Obama was on his way Wednesday to the Interior Department to sign a proclamation designating a national monument in New Mexico. After making some remarks, he retraced his path back to the White House and greeted tourists, including some from China and Germany.
Laura Parker (National Geographic)
The Organ Mountain-Desert Peak region, which lies between El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the second national monument the president has designated this year. At 500,000 acres, it is the 11th of his presidency and the largest.
In March, Obama added 1,600 acres to the California Coastal National Monument to include the Point Arena-Stornetta region 129 miles north of San Francisco.
"Anyone who has ever seen the Organ Mountains that overlook Las Cruces will tell you they are a spectacular site," Obama said at a White House ceremony.
Half of the new monument is designated as wilderness, closing it to cars and development such as mining. As the new monument occupies land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management, the agency will continue to oversee it. (Related: "Climate Change Threatens National Monuments.")
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"22 May 2014 - Obama creates new national monument", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2014. Consulté le 04/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/22-may-2014-obama-creates-new-national-monument