Monday, May 17, 2010

Rubbish on the border

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Some in Arizona are ticked off that people are boycotting the state over a new measure there that allows cops to ask anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant to produce documentation of citizenship.

It's become the lightning rod for debate as the country wrestles with what to do about undocumented workers. Estimates are hard to come by, but government officials put the number at 7 million to 12 million.

One view of the littered washout.
  • One view of the littered wash.

Mexico is by far the leading country of origin for U.S. immigrants, accounting for a third (32 percent) of all foreign-born residents and two-thirds (66 percent) of Hispanic immigrants, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

A washout near the border in the Sonoran Desert south of Tucson is a dramatic example of the debris left behind by those trying to sneak into this country. It's been reported that immigrants shed clothing, backpacks, food bags and other items that can weigh them down as they make the last hasty push to clear the border. It's not clear who cleans up the mess.

Here's how one resident there described it:

This is on an 'illegal super-highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers.
This area is located in a wash, approximately 1.5 miles long, just south of Tucson, Arizona. If a flood came, all this would be washed to the river and then on to the sea!
It is estimated over 5,000 discarded backpacks are in this wash. Countless water containers, food wrappers, clothing, feces, including thousands of soiled baby diapers. And as you can see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it.
As we kept walking down the wash, we thought for sure it was going to end, but around every corner was more and more trash!

Another view further down the washout.
  • Another view further down the wash.

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