The country’s breathtaking national parks are national treasures.
Now they’re being threatened by a left-wing political agenda.
And Joe Biden is in hot water for trashing national parks for this surprising reason.
New York City is being overwhelmed by the growing number of illegal aliens turning up in the sanctuary city.
The city is running out of room to house them so the Biden regime is scrambling to find a place to put them.
House Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee are opening an investigation into the White House over its decision to ignore environmental regulations when it signed off on a move to put illegal aliens up on public lands.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), chair of the subcommittee on oversight, sent a letter to the White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Brenda Mallory for brushing aside environmental laws to lease public lands for housing illegal aliens.
“Regardless of personal or political beliefs on immigration or migrant policy, there is common ground in keeping our national parks – some of America’s most treasured spaces – out of the debate,” the letter read. “All national parks, whether in rural or urban areas, exist for visitors to experience wonder, to recreate and find joy, or to simply learn more about the great history of our nation.”
Westerman and Gosar added that “national parks are not a place to house people, temporarily or permanently, who lack shelter.”
The Biden regime, which often touts its commitment to environmentalism, is desperate to find a place to stash the growing number of illegal aliens so it’s flouting the law to stash them at national parks.
The Department of the Interior leased part of Gateway National Recreation Area’s Floyd Bennett Fields, which is managed by the National Park Service, to New York City’s government.
Temporary housing for illegal aliens was constructed at the recreation area located in Brooklyn.
Westerman and Gosar noted that New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul pointed out that the Interior Department previously said that the move would be illegal before the land was leased out.
Hochul said in August that Interior Department officials told her that “they do not allow for use of shelter on any of their properties.”
The House Republicans also said the White House Council on Environmental Quality allowed the Interior Department to ignore the environmental impact review mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The law requires that federal agencies do an environmental impact study of projects on federal lands before they’re approved.
“Despite concerns with the legality of housing people on national park land, the Biden administration ultimately moved forward with using national park land to establish a migrant housing encampment,” the letter continued.
They added that the National Park Service received approval to “bypass the standard NEPA compliance process.”
Joe Biden likes to tout his commitment to environmentalism and has added a mountain of new environmental regulations in office.
But he’s putting public lands in danger to save himself from the political damage of his illegal immigration crisis.