Thousands of migrants have crossed the border near Normandy, Texas, in recent weeks, leaving trash and discarded clothing in their wake.
Drone footage of a frequent crossing point along the Rio Grande shows piles of discarded items at the end of an eroded trail.
Similar scenes can be seen on the border in and around Eagle Pass.
While Democrats raised concerns during the Trump administration about the environmental impact of the former president’s border wall, Republicans have recently warned about the long-term impact on the environment of uncontrolled migration across the border.
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Reps. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last year, writing that “the environmental consequences of illegal immigration are well documented.” “.
“We have both personally witnessed the littering and damage to our lands during official tours of the southern border,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Trash left behind by illegal immigrants includes human waste, backpacks, medical products, plastic, vehicles and clothing, all of which pose a risk to wildlife.”
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There were nearly 2.4 million migrant encounters at the southern border in fiscal year 2022, a new record. The flow of migrants does not seem to stop, with at least 205,000 migrant encounters in October, the first month of fiscal year 2023.