How strange that Al Gore never talks about this environmental catastrophe:
The latest battle in the war on illegal immigration isn't over the smuggling of undocumented workers, it's over the trash they leave behind.
Government officials and border activists say the garbage dumped in the desert by illegal immigrants and their smugglers is staggering.
And the cleanup is costing taxpayers millions.
In 2006 alone, more than 1.18 million pounds of trash was collected along southern Arizona border, many in the meeting spots where immigrants rest, change clothes and wait to hitch a ride further north with a smuggler.
[So much of the trash left behind is a reflection of desperation and exploitation]:
“You can find everything,” said Shela McFarlin, special assistant for international programs at the Arizona Bureau of Land Management. “Blankets, airline tickets, Bibles, wedding pictures, photos of children, school reports, because clearly people don't tend to throw away everything they've brought with them — they're forced to.”
[It would seem, then, that a committed environmentalist would oppose massive, unchecked illegal immigration]:
“What we're beginning to wonder is how extensive is the problem?” McFarlin said. “How many millions of pounds of garbage? How many roads are really damaged? How many miles of illegal trails?” [. . . ]
“The first thing you notice if you were to drive across some of this land is you see water bottles, lots of water bottles,” McFarlin said. “Where people stop to wait to be picked up — we call them ‘layup’ spots — then you will see more of the clothing, medicine bottles, papers, everything.
“We recently cleaned up one location with almost 4,000 backpacks left behind,” she said.
— “Groups Struggle to Clean Up Mess Illegal Immigrants Leave Behind,” posted May 7 at foxnews.com
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