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Illegal Immigrants Trash Border Lands With Tons Of Waste

February 2, 2012
Judicial Watch

A little-known side of the heated Mexican border security issue is that government workers risk their lives to clean up the huge amounts of trash left by illegal immigrants in secluded desert areas with rigorous terrain.

The job is becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous as illegal aliens use more remote paths to avoid stepped up enforcement along the vast U.S.-Mexico border, according to testimony delivered recently by the director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality. The state official, Henry Darwin, recently testified before an Arizona Senate committee in charge of border security and other related matters.

Each year illegal immigrants leave behind an estimated 2,000 tons of trash—including soiled diapers, plastic bottles and abandoned vehicles—in public Arizona lands along the border, Darwin said, and it’s becoming tougher to clean up the huge mess. “These are dangerous areas,” Darwin told the panel. “These are known areas of illegal immigration, illegal drug trafficking.”

Getting cleanup crews and equipment to these increasingly remote portions of the desert is, not only tough, but also hazardous. Camp sites set up by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers are the most difficult to clean up, Darwin said, and rain often washes trash into drainages before state workers have a chance to clean it up.

The problem is so severe that the state created a special web site dedicated to trash along Arizona’s 370-mile border with Mexico. It includes pictures of southern border areas covered with piles of waste as well as alarming statistics. For instance, the thousands of tons of trash discarded by illegal immigrants annually is having a detrimental environmental impact and affecting the area’s human health and the economic wellbeing.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 9:44 am

    It isn’t a concern for most who don’t live in a border area or where there’s a large influx of illegals living dozens to small housing accommodations, usually trashing neighborhoods. But I think that’s more a local problem than a federal one. However it could arguably, easily be a national problem. The disease associated with this waste is the bigger picture here, and diseases that we have already conquered are being brought back into this country.

  2. February 2, 2012 1:01 pm

    I don’t think illegal immigrants trashing the boarder really ranks on the scale of issues I’m concerned with right now… Revamping the immigration policy – that’s important.

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