Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Arizona's Closed Federal Parkland is a No-Man's Land
Posted on 07/02/2010 3:16:37 PM PDT by Nachum
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Arizona The number of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers crossing through this magnificent national parkland in southern Arizona has "decreased significantly" in the last four years, park officials say.
But there's a dark cloud to this silver lining: To make it happen, the refuge had to close a sliver of this slice of heaven to the quarter-billion American taxpayers who own it -- essentially creating a no-man's-land on which only drug smugglers, gun-runners, human traffickers and the Border Patrol agents who track them down dare to tread.
And with rival Mexican drug gangs gunning each other down less than 50 miles away, the chance that the closed portion of the wildlife refuge will reopen in the foreseeable future appears to be between slim and none. For the time being, officials say, this public land will be closed to the public.
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Question: Why can’t Arizona send in a swat team and clear the area? I know this is a federal issue but if the federal government isn’t doing their job why doesn’t Arizona do it?
OK Freepers - it’s time to plant a flag in that abandoned or surrendered territory and create a new nation.
We shall call it FREEREPUBLIC!!!!!
Sounds like a great place to go huntin with a long gun sighted in to about 1000 yards.
And it is not just in Arizona that federal “parkland” is being used by the drug and human traffickers. Almost every national wildlife refuge has no police with jurisdiction and no regular police patrols. I live near a national wildlife refuge that is crawling with people after hours. I don’t want to sound racist, but most of the people I have seen in the refuge are of the dark skined persuasion who either run or fire weapons when they see me.
Where do I live you ask? About thirty-five miles west northwest of Boston.
“The signs went up on Oct. 3, 2006. A year later, construction of an 18-foot-tall pedestrian fence was completed, replacing the porous vehicle barriers and barbed-wire fences that had stood there before. This public area was officially closed to the public. The result, says Gall, is that the number of border-crossers has been reduced to a couple hundred a day — or roughly 1/20th of what it was.”
I think that’s the real interesting part of the story. Despite the jokes about ladders, this shows that a fence really will work to dramatically reduce illegal immigration. Imagine if it was a double fence covering the length of the border and it was actually patrolled.
Declare open season and pay a bounty for scalps to pay for the ammo.
Nice! Maybe we can sell it to Obama as a new version of FDR’s Public Works, to help reduce unemployment :)
Full employment for illegals - they build it from the inside out and stay on the other side once it’s finished;)
The Army/Navy should use the area as a practice bomb areas that they had to give up in Puerto Rico a few years go.
You can’t have a door without a wall.
had to close a sliver of this slice of heaven “
Anyone know how big this “sliver” is?
From a couple of weeks ago, but it shows the area that is closed off in question on a map of the state of AZ.
Please see post number 16, thanks!
I know the area and Gall is crazy. His figures would indicate that nearly a million illegals crossed yearly before changes were made. The enrironmental degradation there, and in nearby Arivaca Creek region, is bad. Very bad. But throwing around wild figures doesn’t help.
WTF IS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY?????
WHERE IS OUR GOVT TO SECURE OUR SAFETY!!
Here's the REAL area that's closed off:
(Thank you pookie18)