Navy SEALs have been forced to change their training, and Border Patrol agents have been sent to the hospital suffering festering rashes from sewage seeping out of Mexico and into Southern California, according to agents and officials who say both the U.S. and Mexico need to begin taking the matter seriously. The ongoing spill, which one agent likened to a “chemical weapons” attack, has created “no-go” zones for the Border Patrol, hindering their efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs that are still coming across. The latest spurt came late last week when Mexican officials reported a suicide attempt at a pump station in Tijuana and had to shut the facility down. The suicide attempt was averted, but the shutdown caused sewage to flow into the Tijuana River, leeching 330,000 gallons of wastewater into the U.S. Hours later, a “miscommunication” between the U.S. and Mexican border commissions led to another smaller spill, with 3,800 gallons seeping into the river. “As crude and nasty as this sounds, this is not American sewage, this is Third World sewage,” said Christopher Harris, a Border Patrol agent and director of legislative and political affairs for Local 1613, the union for agents in the sector. “There’s whole areas now that are biologically and chemically impacted, just like if you had a biological or chemical attack. There are areas that are no-go zones,” he said. The sewage has been a problem for decades, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending and claims by both the U.S. and Mexico that they take the problem seriously. Locals had said things were improving, but a massive spill in February — the worst in a decade — dumped perhaps 230 million gallons of sewage, undercutting the optimism. Both technical problems and big storms can overload Tijuana’s capabilities. Agent Harris said the sewage picks up chemical pollutants, heavy metals and poisonous salts, in addition to biological waste. He ticked off affected areas with evocative names: Goat’s Canyon, Yogurt Canyon and Smuggler’s Gulch, which in the 1990s became the poster child for an out-of-control border. A rough map of the no-go areas includes several square miles of American soil. The beach stretching for more than a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico line is also a danger zone, covering Border Field State Park and parts of Imperial Beach.
Where are all the enviro-wackos raising holy hell?!? We need to get this cleaned up, and then send the bill to Mexico….along with the bill for the forthcoming wall.