Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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. Arizona officials have spent approximately $4.4 million over five years to clean up the mess, that continues to build with each crossing. Nearly $1 million was spent for 2007 from a base Bureau of Land Management appropriation. Border Patrol's Tucson sector, which covers most of the Arizona border, doesn't have statistics about how many people cross through each year, but on average, agents apprehend 1,500 people a day, with 378,000 illegal immigrants caught in 2007 alone.

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