Newly Libertarian NM Land Commissioner Speaks Out Against Border Wall

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Aubrey Dunn, the Republican New Mexico Land Commissioner who switched to the Libertarian Party in January, opposes the Department of Homeland Security’s waiver that would have expedited construction of the border wall promised by President Donald Trump.

20 environmental laws were to be waived, including the Endangered Species Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen deemed “necessary” for the protection of the southern border from illegal entry.

Due the department’s actions Dunn stated “[T]he federal government has installed a border wall, infrastructure, and roads on state trust lands without state authorization and without compensation to the state trust,” in a letter to DHS Secretary.

To keep border patrol agents out of the land, the Commissioner installed “No Trespassing” signs until the DHS fills out an application or comes to another resolution. Dunn claims that this is a state sovereignty issue and that the compensation from the federal government’s use of the land can be used to fund public education.

Dunn is currently running for United States Senate. Citing the incumbent’s low approval ratings, Dunn believes “This is a winnable race for libertarians.”

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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