By Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star, August 24, 2005
Splayed in the desert just south of I-10 along Rita Road is an unruly collection
of backpacks, flannel shirts, coats, water bottles, soft-drink cans, pill packages,
toothbrushes and toilet paper rolls....
Illegal entrants dumped this trash, Pima County officials say. Now the county
wants help to clean it up along with at least five other such dumps near Tucson....
The money, to which the county would add $46,000 from its budget, would buy a
loader to haul off the trash. It would also pay for containers to put it in, bilingual
signs to mark the dump sites, and gloves, hats and vests for the workers who clean
It's getting worse. We used to find them only in remote areas."...
O'odham Tribe has been struggling to keep up with and remove trash dumped on the
reservation for a long time. It has estimated that the average desert-walking
immigrant [illegal alien] leaves behind 8 pounds of trash....
Assuming half a million people cross the border illegally into Arizona annually,
that translates to 2,000 tons of trash that migrants dump each year. [If we assume
a more realistic 3 million people per year, that would mean 12,000 tons of trash
are deposited by illegal aliens - Desert Invasion]...
..."Basically the smugglers are making them dump their stuff so they can
fit more people into the vehicles," said David Gutierrez, acting assistant
chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.
Using $100,000 in federal grants and $30,000 of its own money, the Tohono O'odham
Tribe has cleaned 40 tons of trash from 84 sites in the past year...