A coalition of environmental groups left-wing politicians is pushing for 245,000 acres in Luna County near Deming to be locked up as a “national monument.” Such a designation could negatively impact the livelihoods of thousands of local residents by severely limiting use of those lands.
Worse still, the process for declaration of national monuments allows the President of the United States to personally declare monuments with just a stroke of a pen. This is due to a broad interpretation of the Antiquities Act which was signed into law more than a century ago by President Teddy Roosevelt.
A group of local activists is distributing a petition against the monument via Change.org here. Please sign and share. All New Mexicans are welcome to add their names to the list of opponents.