Texas to use herbicides to fight illegal border crossings

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  1. Rivercard

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    Texas Senate approves using herbicides to fight illegal border crossings


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    The Rio Grande River stretches between the United States and Mexico near the border crossing at Del Rio, TX.

    It’s not a wall and it isn’t more boots on the ground, but the Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill that would send millions of dollars of herbicides to the front lines to battle illegal immigration.

    The Texas Senate passed legislation to send up to $10 million in additional funding to the Texas border to fight Carrizo cane, a weed that can grow 25 feet tall and provides cover for border crossers along the Rio Grande Valley.

    “It’s all about border security,” said State Sen. Donna Campbell, a New Braunfels Republican.

    Along the river, Carrizo cane grows in thick clumps, like corn or bamboo, and become a good hiding place for people illegally crossing the border. It is an exceptionally fast growing plant, able to grow about 4 inches per day and reach a mature height of over 25 feet in about a year.


    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/ne...proves-using-herbicides-to-fight-13804919.php
     
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    They have long been trying to eradicate this plant. It is an invasive species. But, spraying next to a river has been very controversial and the targets of lawsuits in the past. You can't keep it out of the water. Plus, it destroys cover for birds. So, they spray several times and then try to revegetate the area. This gets to be very expensive work.

    We have a similar problem with Salt Cedar in this state. It is a garbage plant, nothing eats it, and it out grows everything else close to water. But getting rid of it? Extremely tough problem.
     
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    This invasive species is bad for wildlife - none feed on it, none use it for cover, and it crowds out native plants, harming wildlife.

    I don't approve of the reason WHY they are doing it, but the cane needs to be destroyed all over the country.
     
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    Hopefully herbicide is not code for agent orange.
     
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    Let Trump manually remove them all - I would approve of that use of Agent Orange
     
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    This has unintended consequences written all over it. About 5-6 years ago the California Delta really started to focus on removing weeds in the water because it was choking off waterways which was impacting boating, waterskiing, fishing etc. The worst culprit is "aegeria densa" which apparently is very common in peoples fish tanks and then they wash it down the drain and it ends up in the delta.

    People were getting so much weeds in their outboard motors they were have mechanical failures(outboards cool themselves with the water, if it gets plugged up, they overheat). So they went in and did some work with big boats with lawnmowers on the end that cut up the weeds and then they removed it. This made it DRAMATICALLY worse because they can't get everything they cut and it spread further into the system. They then started using herbicides but tried to keep it quiet. Fishermen and Duck hunters caught on quickly, the weeds were dying off quickly and all that rotting vegetation reduced oxygen content so fish were dying or leaving the area, which meant less ducks too as they apparently migrate based on knowing they can stop and catch fish if hungry. It's been at least 5 years now and there are still "dead zones" where it used to be a great spot to fish and now nobody fishes there because the fish have not come back since they killed off the weeds. The weeds are now growing back, but the fish aren't.

    So I'm sure in this case it'll kill wildlife, birds, probably some brown people but Trump won't care.
     
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    Salt cedar is a problem in New Mexico too. They've tried eradicating it the the Bosque wildlife Refuge but there's still a lot of it. Each tree uses about 200 gals of water a day.
     
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    Maybe we should just dump huge amounts of herbicide out of cargo planes so we can deforest the entire area...

    Wait, where have I heard that before?
     
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    I'm surprised they don't use napalm.
     
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    Probably no Trump grifters selling it.
     
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    That's surprising. It seems like it would be right up their alley.
     
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    Agent Orange for sure.
     
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    Agent Orange; and let's be honest: it's not a big jump from making tiki torch fuel to making napalm. Just a couple of extra things and scalability.
     
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    Maybe they depleted their stock on Syrian kids.
     

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