In an effort to keep smugglers and illegal immigrants from hiding in heavy vegetation as they attempt to cross the Mexican border, the US Border Patrol is looking to Agent Orange for inspiration. One plan for cutting down on possible hiding places on riverbanks is to use an herbicide that will kill all the vegetation, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Some people are outraged over the $2.1 million pilot program, which will be used over a 1.1-mile section of the Rio Grande. “It is unprecedented that they’d do it in a populated area,” says a local environmental activist. But an agent says that as long as the thick foliage remains, “They can come over almost undetected.” (Read more border control stories.)