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    Park Service: Illegals destroying federal lands, unsafe for camping

    By PAUL BEDARD • 4/11/17 10:45 AM

    Illegal immigration and drug running have destroyed border parklands, further threatened two species on the endangered list and led federal officials to bar visitors and campers in areas considered too dangerous to visit, according to newly released reports.

    In studies of two parks that make up less than 90 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service said that the areas have been ripped up with thousands of miles of unauthorized roads from vehicles that have crushed plants and animal habitat.

    What's more, fires started by illegals have burned hundreds of acres of forestland and mountains of drugs, trash and abandoned cars and trucks have been found.

    The reports, written before the huge surge of illegal immigration in the final years of the Obama administration, were released to Secrets by Immigration Reform Law Institute, and back up the Trump administration's push for a border fencing.

    The 2011 studies of the impact of illegal immigration crossings on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge were released to IRLI under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The reports reveal that when fencing is erected, human and vehicle traffic drop dramatically and help the impacted areas recover. Just last week, the nation's former top Border Patrol agent testified before a Senate committee that more recent fencing in the area cut illegal traffic 94 percent and "actually allowed for the rejuvenation of areas that had previously been devastated due to heavy illegal pedestrian and vehicular traffic."

    The focus on the damage done to protected ecosystems by illegal immigration could help the Trump administration push back on worries from environmental groups that a border fence or wall would hurt endangered species.

    While those claims are based simply on concerns a wall would run through habitat areas of endangered species, possibly disrupting how they travel or grow, the two FOIA'd reports are in depth studies of the real impact of illegal immigration and demonstrate the value of a wall to protecting endangered species, rare plant life as well as visitors and campers.

    Both agencies said that much of the damage is done by illegals traveling in cars and trucks, and especially when they get into chases with border agents.

    The National Park Service, for example, said that fences "have reduced the illegal access by vehicles through the desert and have almost eliminated high speed pursuits on Hwy 85" that runs through Organ Pipe.

    The FWS said with a fence, Border Patrol chases would be reduced. Damages, it said, "would not be occurring if illegal activity were not occurring in the area."

    Other key findings in the reports:

    — Some 7,968 miles of unauthorized vehicle roads and trails were mapped in Cabeza Prieta.

    — It has further endangered the Sonoran pronghorn in both areas, of which there were just 21 in 2002. "Our concern is that smuggling and interdiction activities have resulted in significant impacts to wilderness character, and put other trust resources such as the federally endangered Sonoran pronghorn at risk."

    — "Past research of vehicle use in off-road areas have demonstrated significant impacts to soils, plants, and wildlife. Many of the direct and indirect effects currently occurring on the refuge are yet to be quantified. Direct impact concerns include: soil compaction, increased soil erosion, damage to soil crusts, altered hydrological processes, disruption of migration patterns for Sonoran pronghorn and other wildlife, wildlife mortality, damage to vegetation from vehicle impacts, damage to cultural resources and degradation of wilderness values. Indirect impact concerns include: alteration to the entire biotic community within CPNWR."

    — In the Organ Pipe Cactus wilderness, "the effects of these activities are visible throughout the monument. We have documented thousands of miles of unauthorized roads and trails. We also deal with trash, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, vandalism, invasive plants and animals, altered ecological processes and degraded habitats."

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    The response from environmentalists will probably be silence....crickets...
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    GET THEM ALL OUT NOW!!!!
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    An illegal alien did $68 million in fire damage at Sequoia National Park

    I have been up to Lake Isabelle in CA to check out camping. Illegals, their suitcases of beer and boom boom music took over the campground. Trash and clothes hanging from trees. It was like a 3rd world cesspool.

    I have been to Yosemite and picked up their garbage at the shores of our beautiful waterfalls, I have seen their gang graffiti carved into the Giant Redwoods.

    We have a State Park and Golf Course here...they get in line at 5am to get in the park and defecate in our beautiful golf course sand traps.

    GET THEM ALL THE HECK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY!

    NO ILLEGAL ALIENS, NO ASYLUM, NO REFUGEES FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS!!! DEFUND THESE FAILED PROGRAMS.
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    They have been destroying protected plant life along the border for many, many years.
    I read of one area one could only walk down certain paths and only a few were admitted each year, etc.
    Yet, there were mountains of clothing, water jugs, all manner of trash and filth there.

    Yet, the Sierra Club is so very quiet on this.

    These were caused by foot traffic, not vehicles.

    None of this makes sense to me - none of it.
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    I think we need more Park Service Rangers to protect our park lands and arrest illegal aliens.
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    Well, possibly, but I'm sure I have posted this before.

    I read a newspaper article a few years ago - 3 to 5 - about a new center that was opening to train park rangers. They told that the first class was due the next week and it would be taught by a 'Mexico Park Ranger'.

    That sounded strange, very strange.
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    Oh good grief, that is very very strange!! They've infiltrated every agency that matters. It's a perilous situation. Grave in my opinion.
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    — "Past research of vehicle use in off-road areas have demonstrated significant impacts to soils, plants, and wildlife. Many of the direct and indirect effects currently occurring on the refuge are yet to be quantified. Direct impact concerns include: soil compaction, increased soil erosion, damage to soil crusts, altered hydrological processes, disruption of migration patterns for Sonoran pronghorn and other wildlife, wildlife mortality, damage to vegetation from vehicle impacts, damage to cultural resources and degradation of wilderness values. Indirect impact concerns include: alteration to the entire biotic community within CPNWR."

    — In the Organ Pipe Cactus wilderness, "the effects of these activities are visible throughout the monument. We have documented thousands of miles of unauthorized roads and trails. We also deal with trash, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, vandalism, invasive plants and animals, altered ecological processes and degraded habitats."
    Only the beginning - wait till all their anchor babies, figure up to 10 each female, run amok our lands, diaper city, sewage galore - is this what we want For America? This Is what your politicians and all bleeding hearts are advocating whether they realize it or not. AND YOU PAY FOR IT ALL - BE REPLACED AND PAY FOR IT$$$$.

    Anyone sans proper documentation should leave or be escorted out. There is NO EXCUSE FOR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN UPHOLDING OUR LAWS. We have had 16 yrs of lawlessness - GAME OVER....
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    Anyone sans proper documentation should leave or be escorted out. There is NO EXCUSE FOR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN UPHOLDING OUR LAWS. We have had 16 yrs of lawlessness - GAME OVER....
    We've had over 40 years of lawlessness. Remember the 1986 Amnesty was over 3 million illegal aliens, and Clinton had 2 more, maybe 3 for another 1,000,000 or more that were amnestied related back to the 1986 Amnesty. And there were other millions here that weren't eligible for the Amnesty and no one deported them.

    This has been happening for decades. The whole system is rotten to the core. So many infiltrators, so many on bribes and payola for protection. It stinks with rot. All controlled and funded by the drug cartels. This will all become clear and as obvious to all as it has been to me for the past 12 years since I researched it.

    Trump is the only man or woman to ever run for President on his own money, owing no one. This is the only President who has ever wanted to solve this problem or ever tried to do so. So people can decide if they want to ruin this with complaints and whines and demands or support him so he has the clout to get this done. He'll do as much as he can with no support from us or anyone else, but he can't get laws passed or get public opinion that can often drive court decisions, or anything else without us all behind him 100%.

    So if people just want 4 years of enforcement and deportations, then fine. But if you want 8, then we need to get our act together and show this country we mean business. We want money for the wall, at least crucial sections, we want money for more immigration judges, border patrol agents and ice agents, troops on the border, authorization for state and local law enforcement to put their 800,000 sworn, ready, equipped and trained police officers onto this task, and whatever else Trump needs to deport every single illegal alien in this country and close the border. If we need the 82nd Airborne scouring deserts, rivers, mountains, whatever, to haul their asses out of here, then call 'em in. Whatever it takes, by all means necessary.
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