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Economist, Scenic, but not Secure

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“Scenic, but not secure.” 2006. The Economist , 24 August Drugs and immigration woes are hurting parks along the border THE Rio Grande, whose sharp turn gives Big Bend National Park its name, is little more than a muddy creek these days. Drought and irrigation have sapped its strength. Deep canyons enclose the river at several spots, but Mexicans can still easily cross over. Plenty do so, illegally. Last year 1,160 people were caught in the park, which—together with an adjacent “wild and scenic” river area—stretches for 245 miles (395km), or about one-fifth of Texas's border with Mexico. More than 23,000lb (10,433kg) of marijuana were seized in the park, too—a huge jump from the previous year, though no one quite knows why. Seizures have since fallen back to their previous levels again. Visitors to Big Bend are more likely to see herds of pig-like javelinas than illegal human activity. But at border parks across America smuggling is a huge headache. Rangers must worry not only about rescuing lost hikers and conserving nature, but also about security. Elsewhere in Texas, officials at Padre Island National Seashore, working with the Coast Guard and other agencies,
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