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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Trash dumping endemic in state with flood of illegal immigration

Trash dumping endemic in state with flood of illegal immigration

Coronado National Memorial-AP -- Illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries are creating trails of trash along the border.

And cleanup efforts are scarcely denting the problem. That despite recent Border Patrol crackdowns that have added agents and high-tech equipment.

This year, the Border Patrol is again trying to curb the flow of immigrants using increased manpower and technology.

The Bureau of Land Management has received 1-point-3 (m) million dollars from Congress during the past two years to clean up trash and restore damaged lands.

But most often, it is ranchers, park rangers and other employees that end up picking up trash in the course of their daily work.

On the Tohono O'odham (toh-HO'-noh OH'-tuhm) reservation -- which sits on both sides of the border -- human waste that contaminated hand-dug wells in one village forced the tribe to truck in water.

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