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New Mexico Wilderness Bill Prompts Border Security Questions In The West

01/01/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On July 21, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously approved a bill to designate part of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as wilderness. It was a routine measure -- the committee passes several federal land designation bills each year -- that generated little debate at the time and seemed destined to pass the full Senate without fanfare when it eventually reached the chamber floor.

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