November 18, 2011 By

Illegals are trashing America’s border areas

Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold

“I have learned to live with trash,” said fifth-generation Arizona rancher Jim Chilton.He saw his once-beautiful ranch, just a few miles from the border with Mexico, is now dotted with clusters of crushed trees and cactus, whole hillsides have been turned into charred eyesores, years worth of his award-winning conservation projects obliterated — and the whole thing is littered with trash, tons and tons of trash. And some of the trash was dead bodies.

Chilton had the misfortune of settling in the path of what would become a dangerous drug- and human-smuggling route on the U.S.-Mexican border, parallel with the notorious Peck Canyon Corridor.

“I’ve got 30,000 to 40,000 illegal aliens coming right through the ranch every year, and the Forest Service says each one leaves about eight pounds of trash. That means 100 tons of trash. Some cows eat the plastic bags and about 10 head a year die a slow and painful death. At $1,200 a head, that means we lose $12,000 a year to trash.”

Chilton saw southern Arizona not as the headline-grabbing political flashpoint of the Justice Department’s failed “Fast and Furious” guns-to-smugglers tracking project, but as the land-grabbing opportunism of Obama’s resource management agencies and, sadly, the failure of the U.S. Border Patrol to secure that bloody line separating the United States from Mexico.

The land-grabbing chapter of the trash story has gone largely unnoticed, but surfaced last year when the Bureau of Land Management proposed to shut down target shooting on 490,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert National Monument — and in large swaths of other public lands as well.

The reason? Monument manager Richard Hanson claimed shooters were leaving trash at the shooting sites, an outrageously trumped up excuse, but Hanson’s claim couldn’t be refuted at the time.

The BLM had closed 400,000 acres of publicly owned, national monument lands across three states to recreational shooting activities in 2010, labeling recreational shooting as a resource-harming activity and a public safety threat.

That was a clear signal showing that the SDNM move was just another step in Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s obnoxious “lock-it-up-and-kick-’em-out” plans that have drawn the ire of Congress.

Arizona’s Republican Rep. Jeff Flake plans to introduce the Recreational Shooting Protection Act this week, which will allow for greater congressional oversight over the closures of these target shooting lands.

A government employee stepped forward on condition of anonymity to say, “I visited Ironwood National Monument in 2007 with two BLM employees. The place was absolutely devastated by illegals, yet all the BLM men wanted to talk about was the shooting ranges, and find trash that would fit the shooter profile. They were just trying to blame it on gun owners who use the shooting ranges.”

The source said that BLM’s own documents show they not only know where the trash really comes from, but they’re also the government’s official trash tracker. Anyone with Web access can find BLM documents titled, “Southern Arizona Project to Mitigate Environmental Damages Resulting From Illegal Immigration.” It’s an annual compilation of all the illegal alien trash and all of BLM’s tracking and cleanup projects.

Even with the flow of illegals slowed by the bad economy, Flake said, “Unfortunately, the trash situation is probably going to continue until we can get enough resources and manpower in the Tucson Sector to gain operational control over the border.”

Jim Chilton isn’t the only one who’s learned to live with trash.

(Photo: Tijuana River Valley)

Ron Arnold is an author and columnist who is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise. Follow Ron on Twitter at @Ron_Arnold

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AceMan AceMan

We ought to have the right to shoot to kill anything coming across that border. They are a threat to America and should be treated as such! Click on my name to visit Right Wing America! 100% Free, 100% Uncensored! No PC police. Join us today!

November 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

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Will

Whats wrong with a little exterior designing courtesy of our nations leaders. Third World landscape themes are “IN”. Funny how illegals will keep the rich mans yards spotless but filth up the vistas owned by the American people!!!
Maybe Mr. President is prepping his retirement village for after he is ousted from office? I mean, if illegals filth is good enough for We, the People, surely it is way more than heavenly for the people responsible for its creation and downkeep!
Once we get our nation back to our fantastic standards, maybe sending our treasonous, treacherous tyrannical leaders to wallow in their own filth as punishment for their despicable actions against their own people would be the best punishment set forthright!!!
There should be a law…..all leaders should have to spend a month or two or even three in their own decisions before being allowed to sit it on OUR backs!!

November 22, 2011 at 4:05 am

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Upaces Upaces

Good Grief! This is NOT new news. They have also found “prayer rugs.” Therefore, the Illegals are NOT the only ones crossing the border.

November 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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TonyinMO

What I find ironic and hypocritical is the eco-wonks like the WWF, the Sierra Club and others of their ilk filing lawsuits to prevent the Border Patrol from patrolling the Mexican border, claiming that the BP will “destroy” the ecosystem. Yet these same outfits don’t even utter a peep over the hundreds of millions of tons of trash, human waste, plastic bags, plastic bottles and other harmful substances that illegal aliens leave behind as they trek north into the U.S, not to mention the destruction of water well, natural water sources for wildlife and the like. Nor do they utter words of outrage over the cartel takeovers of some of our national forests where the cartels have developed marijuana farms and littered our public forests with chemicals used to produce the illegal weed that seeps into the aquifer. Talk about hypocrites!!

November 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

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Travelingelk

I know about the trash and “other” things, but I’m sorry, this is NOT a picture of trash left by Mexican illegals! Come on folks, give us some credit. They are not carrying tires across the border. Nice try, but if you want to be creditable with your reporting don’t use the BS!

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Meathead

“America The Beautiful” is being polluted by the Mexican illegals trespassing on our soil and our current administration looks upon them as undocumented voters. Want to seal the border? Tell the Commanding Officer of Camp Pendleton to seal the border and within a week, a jack rabbit couldn’t get past those Marines. Or, call for armed volunteers to take out the vermin when they step out of the river. There are enough real Americans who would gladly help protect our country. Target practice, anyone??

November 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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bluejacket

These are ordinary Mexican citizens, their families, and children crossing the border. Surely there’s a better way to secure the border than shooting families with children?

For now, the ballot box is the best way to do this. Need I say that the liberals, and the left, and the socialists are for open borders? (New voters) Keep this in mind when you vote.

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