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US Border Patrol to Poison Plants Along the Mexican Border

Illegal immigrants and drug smugglers have found that hiding among the thick carrizo cane plants makes it harder for US border patrol to find them.

The feds plan to root out the problem. US teams will soon cut the plants by hand, dig out the roots with equipment, and spray them with poison from helicopters, so they can no longer serve as a hiding place.

The herbicide won't harm animals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But critics worry that the long-term effects are unknown and Mexican officials think the chemicals could damage water supply.

The poison-plant plan is the latest tool for border agents, who rely on walls, fencing, and lookout towers. Does killing plants sound like a natural solution to the smuggling and immigration problem?

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Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Why don't they just hire some people to patrol the borders AND cut the weeds down?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"So if poisoning the plants won't have an ill effect on those hiding in them, where is the deterrent?" The idea is that the plants will die and cease to exist. So that nobody can hide under them, because they won't be there. That's where the close reading comes in.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
I think the solution is, to have more security (police/gaurds) to keep the humans in their country, they are not animals to be treated as such. If their only survival is to drink the water from the Rio Grande, and that is contaminated with poison that would leak into the water from the plants, yeah there might be a chance humans may die.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
I read it correctly Mich. I don't understand how they can be sure a poison won't hurt animals, or leach into the soil or the water supply. "They're not trying to poison or hurt the immigrants, they just want to poison the plants so that illegals can't hide under them anymore." So if poisoning the plants won't have an ill effect on those hiding in them, where is the deterrent?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Pink, I don't think what I said what defensive. I was just reacting to what I thought was an extreme statement from you.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"So poisoning someone's WATER SUPPLY is A-OK now? " Ummm, no. That's not what the article or the science is saying. That's what the Mexican government is saying (probably because they want their people to be able to cross the river more easily).
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
Mich why so defensive my original comment was toward the article itself not you. I think it's a bad idea regardless who or what will be harmed/killed.
jinnylee jinnylee 7 years
My question is...are we really that stupid? Apparently.
em1282 em1282 7 years
So poisoning someone's WATER SUPPLY is A-OK now? Awesome! Let's just toss some Anthrax in that water while we're at it!
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Well, if you look at my first comment I said killing the plants might have unintended consequences for animals, but I think "sacrific[ing] the lives of people that come to give themselves and their family a better life" is an unreasonable outcome to expect.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
So that same poison wont hurt humans or animals? We don't know that do we?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Roarman, dm8bri, and pinkprincess, I think you need to read more closely. They're not trying to poison or hurt the immigrants, they just want to poison the plants so that illegals can't hide under them anymore.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
I agree Karlotta , I find it funny that the same people that don't believe in an eye for an eye or abortion, are the first to want to sacrifice the lives of people that come to give themselves and their family a better life. Remember its not only MEXICANS coming illegal through that border Asians do it too. I will answer the next question (what if they are criminals or living off the government?) we have too many people on the system and crowding the jails so what is the difference? And to be on the system you have to be a legal citizen, only dependant's born in the country may have our perks.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
:oy:
karlotta karlotta 7 years
That's fucking horrible. Are they insane? Inhumane? I'm so glad I left your screwed up country.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
Then they will get sentenced to 10+ years in jail for just doing their jobs.
dm8bri dm8bri 7 years
This is ridiculous. What does the poison even do to the immigrants if it "won't harm animals"?? Come on. If they really want a solution, why don't the officers themselves hide in the reeds?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
"But critics worry that the long-term effects are unknown and Mexican officials think the chemicals could damage water supply. " umm yea thats enough to make me say ARE YOU FUCKIN NUTS?
Taadie Taadie 7 years
Seriously?! No, for real... SERIOUSLY!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Leading - how so? How would you prefer it to read, Carrie Sue?
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Wow. I just now read the question. "Does killing plants sound like a natural solution to the smuggling and immigration problem?" That's not at all leading, is it?
Roarman Roarman 7 years
How do they know it won't harm animals? But it will harm humans? Huh? Bad idea.
ladyr ladyr 7 years
Seems like this could be a pretty bad idea.
hope2be hope2be 7 years
That just screams like a really bad idea. Can't they come up with a better way than this?
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