Environmental Protection and Border Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Tenth Report of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board to the President and Congress of the United States [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the tenth report of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board to the President and Congress of the United States regarding environmental and infrastructure practices along the U.S. border with Mexico. "For its Tenth Report to the President and Congress, the Board examines the environmental ramifications of an issue that has taken center stage on the domestic policy scene: homeland security. More specifically, it looks at how environmental protection and homeland security activities intersect along the U.S.-Mexico border and the dynamics that result. The outcome: a set of recommendations on how the U.S. federal government can help maintain strong environmental protection along the border while also strengthening border security activities. To keep its recommendations focused, the Board decided to concentrate primarily on two types of border security activities and the events during 2006 that helped to shape them. The first type relates to the potential environmental impacts of undocumented human crossings, such as undocumented migrants and drug traffickers, and the security work that is carried out to prevent these crossings. While recognizing that some unauthorized human crossings take place via vehicles at major ports of entry, the Board decided to focus primarily on crossings in more rural areas. It looked at potential impacts on both human health and ecosystems."
Good Neighbor Environmental Board: http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb/