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Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: VATO
Date: February 04, 2006 11:53AM
The Arizona Republic , by Michael Clancy
[www.azcentral.com]
Illegal immigration and government efforts to stem it could
wipe out several endangered plants and animals along the
border, environmental organization Defenders of Wildlife
argues in a new report. The 350-mile-long border with Mexico
is home to Sonoran pronghorn, desert tortoise, jaguar and 36
other species that are protected or proposed for protection,
the report says. Many of the animals live nowhere else in the
United States. "The Arizona borderlands encompass some of
nation's most compelling and unique landscapes, and some of
its most threatened," the report says.


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Nothing shows more the hypocrisy of the environmental movement than the two-face
application of their principles described here. While you can get a ticket for passing gas in
their precious red wood forests the unique and irreplaceable attributes of this part of the
country are disposable because of the greater purpose allowing illegals in. Love how the
reporter tries to imply that there would be less destriction if not for the "enforcement
methods"
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 04, 2006 12:08PM
""With each passing day, the vital network of precious lands set aside along the Arizona border becomes more like a militarized war zone than the safe haven for wildlife and habitat it was intended to be," the report reads.
Those charged with protecting the land and habitats accuse the Border Patrol of ignoring their concerns and federal law, the report says, and new laws exempt the patrol from environmental laws."

And you conclude from this that "the unique and irreplaceable attributes of this part of the country are disposable because of the greater purpose allowing illegals in?"

What the article is saying is that the environment and wildlife habitat is being destroyed trying to keep illegals out, as I read it.

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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: liberal weenie
Date: February 04, 2006 12:26PM
I am an Arizonan who likes to hike for recreation. When you
visit the desert area south of Sierra Vista, you can come upon
the trail that the illegals use. It looks like a city dump
with tuna cans, water bottles, clothing that has been shed
because of the heat, defecation everywhere. The desert is very
beauthiful but even more fragile. It is my understanding that
the Sierra Club took on this issue but decided to pass
thinking the greater good could be served with more potential
Demoncratic voters. It is truly a shame what the illegal
Mexicans, and who knows whom else, are doing to this Country.
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 04, 2006 01:08PM
I'd venture to say that there are more Republicans amongst the farmers that benefit from the labor of illegals. I have no facts to back that up, just my perception that large landowners are more often Repubs. The Mexicans are coming because there are no jobs for them in Mexico and their own plutocracy cares even less than ours about the needs of the poor. Were we to insist they provide for the needs of their own people perhaps the willingness to risk their lives crossing such harsh terrain would diminish.
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: cuandolimita
Date: February 04, 2006 02:57PM
The environmentalists are only concerned about bankrupting cities, it is a political movement.
They block a dam for needed water but they don't care about immigration that adds to
pollution and uses up resources.
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 04, 2006 03:47PM
Dams on the Elwha River destroyed a salmon run that once boasted fish as big as a man. To be sure overfishing is as great a cause as loss of habitat, but it is part of the problem. The profit of agribusiness giants must not come before preservation of piscatorial species as vital to our food supply and that of future genrations as the soybeans and grains grown to provide feed for fish farms. The fish species made extinct by dams are a vital part of nature and not expendable.
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 04, 2006 05:32PM
So far this thread consists of Loki debating, 3 Shaky personas - somebody[\b] needs to take a rest.
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Re: Immigration puts species in danger.
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 05, 2006 01:58PM
cuando - agreed.
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