BUILD WALLS INSTEAD OF BRIDGES
Gianni DeVincent Hayes, Ph.D
The previous article offered documented facts on the impact of illegal aliens. This article is a continuation of it. It is the third article of four in Part II of 11 articles in all.
Noted immigration researcher, Frosty Woodbridge, reports the following :
When I asked Mr. Woodbridge about the litter along the border, he offered the following: “It’s been documented, and I have seen it with my own eyes from two separate border trips to El Paso to San Diego. The average illegal leaves eight pounds of trash in the desert before being picked up...that’s a lot of tons of trash. If each illegal defecates once during their crashing our borders while they wait in the lay-up area, you’ve got a lot of biohazard fifth. I saw it in thousands of piles of human waste…and they do kill animals and cut fences coming across the border”.
He adds, "The thousands of undocumented immigrants who cross this border area from Mexico into the United States daily are taking a heavy toll on wildlife habitats and the species that live in southern Arizona, especially in [the] most critical wild lands… [along with] illegal crossers leav[ing] behind large amounts of litter, such as empty water jugs, old clothes, cans and bottles, and paper. Some border areas simply look like city dumps....Compounding the problem of trash is the large amount of human biological waste that accumulates in staging areas or pickup points…." [Arizona Wilderness Advocate, Winter 2003-04.]....
This is supported by Borders Crossings: “…Estimates made on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation that borders Mexico for 73 miles indicate that approximately eight (8) pounds of trash are left by each immigrant and drug runner who crosses border lands…The scattered and accumulated trash in Arizona border Wilderness and other public lands amount to a staggering two (2) million pounds (a conservative estimate) each year….The resulting pollution of streams and riverbeds presents risks to legitimate users and creates a major concern for land managers who are suddenly faced with biohazard sites that must be treated accordingly for cleanup. The cleaning of trash heaps and waste sites provides only short-term relief, as they soon return to pre-cleanup levels due to the large number of immigrants crossing the border. [And] at any given time one can find 20-25 broken down or abandoned vehicles left by smugglers...staff efforts to remove the vehicles cannot keep up with the accumulation, and the method of their removal further damages refuge resources “.
The photo below taken of Pearce, AZ, by the American Border Patrol shows how “pick up points have turned into trash dumps for the paraphernalia used for borders crossings such as back-packs, water bottles and empty food containers….As tons of trash clog drainages, poison animals and defile the landscape, few environmental groups speak out against the behavior of illegal aliens. ‘There is no doubt that if this trash was being dumped by citizens there would be a congressional investigation,’ said Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol”.
And there are
more facts in the next article. For
part 7 click below.
Costs of Illegal Alien Migration," by Frosty Woodbridge;
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Dr. Gianni DeVincent Hayes is an internationally recognized author of 15 royalty-published books (www.creative-services.biz and www.amazon.com) and over 100 articles and short stories in highly circulated and commercial newspapers and magazines, such as PARADE, US, PEOPLE, REDBOOK, WOMAN'S DAY, MOODY, and many others. One of her novels,"22 Friar Street," had been under a movie option, and her novel on cloning, "Thy Brothers' Reaper," also had been optioned by a production company.
Hayes has a doctorate in writing/comparative literature /humanities, with a focus on eschatology (Bible prophecy and politics), and also has earned two masters in education and science. Her bachelor's degree is in the liberal arts, biology/chemistry. Certification has been achieved in writing at several universities, such as the University of Rochester, University of Pittsburgh, and Middlebury College's Breadloaf. She speaks worldwide and has appeared on dozens of national radio and TV shows.
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The scattered and accumulated trash in Arizona border Wilderness and other public lands amount to a staggering two (2) million pounds (a conservative estimate) each year...