U.S. Park Visitors Warned Of Mexican Smuggling Violence
JUNE 16, 2010
In yet another solid argument for securing the southern border, American families planning to visit national parks this summer are being warned of the imminent danger created by Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers.
The violence is so severe that the federal government has posted strongly-worded signs at national parks near the border warning visitors of the risks. Many of the public lands are not located directly on the southern border but are used as pathways for traffickers—transporting drugs and illegal immigrants—en route to major metropolitan cities.
Most of the problem areas are located in southern
The situation has become so dire that authorities recently put up stronger warnings at several of the parks, according to a national news report. Nearly a dozen new signs have been erected at various locations in an effort to give the public a heads up on the increasingly dangerous situation. The new signs warn visitors about smuggling vehicles speeding, instruct them to walk away if they see something suspicious and avoid abandoned vehicles and backpacks because they may contain drugs stashed by smugglers.
The problem is especially critical at the
A local law enforcement officer—a
Violence is hardly the only problem infesting public parks and national monuments near the Mexican border. Every year tens of millions of pounds of trash and human waste are left behind by illegal immigrants who cross into the U.S. through federal and state parks and ruin this country’s most prized national forests, vegetation and wildlife. In one recent year American taxpayers dished out $63 million to clean up the deplorable mess in parts of
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