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Illegal immigrants passing through the desert leave hundreds of tons of trash behind every year. This weekend, near Amado, crews are picking up some of that mess. In just one day, volunteers filled a huge trash bin with 15,000 pounds of garbage collected from the desert. Gabriel Paz, with Arizona Game and Fish, says lay up spots aren't rare. "What ever they haven't dumped on the way, they'll usually dump right here because they know their ride is going to be here soon." Volunteers find everything from abandoned clothing to empty water bottles and personal hygiene products. Steve Hopkins, with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, estimates there is up to 30 million pounds of trash throughout the Sonoran Desert. "I love the desert. I think it's a beautiful place to be and when you come out here and come across a big area with nothing but trash, it just destroys one of the reasons you came out here to be a part of it," says Steve. It's not just garbage volunteers are coming across. Saturday, a group found the body of an illegal immigrant though to have been in a remote desert area for at least a year. Since 2002, volunteers have organized large clean ups at least twice a year to battle what they call an ongoing statewide issue. "This effort started on the Internet with a group of hunters who were talking on a chat line. And they were all talking about how they didn't like the trash out here and didn't like to see it so they called us, we organized a clean up and we've been doing them ever since, " adds Paz. By the time this clean up effort is over, volunteers expect to have collected ten tons of trash over this weekend alone.
Originally posted by Hushabye
Well, can't we employ those immigrants in custodial positions- cleaning up the mess they make?
Wait; that'd be logical. No logic allowed in the US government!
It really is a shame. I lived there for almost ten years myself. So beautiful.edit on 27-6-2013 by Hushabye because: (no reason given)
As the immigration reform Gang of Eight inside the Beltway prepares to announce a deal later this week, claiming border security will come before a path to citizenship for millions of illegals, Border Patrol agents have seen illegal border crossings double and warn the cutting of agent work hours will only result in less border security, not more. "We've seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talk started happening," an agent told Townhall, who asked to remain unnamed due to fears of retaliation within Customs and Border Protection [CBP], something he said is common. "A lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons. This is a direct danger to our communities."
Originally posted by kazootica
Holy cow that's a lot of clothes! Is it easier for them to blend in naked? Lol