Citizens Sue DHS to Force Them to Follow Federal Immigration Law

Organ Pipe National Monument
Organ Pipe National Monument

A group of nine organizations and individuals filed suit in San Diego federal court Monday claiming the Department of Homeland Security has failed to study the effects of immigration on the country’s environment. Read the government warning at Organ Pipe National Monument at the end of this article. You won’t believe it.

The environment is being trashed by the extraordinarily large numbers of illegal immigrants crossing our borders from the south from all over the world. Many are armed and dangerous. Drug cartels are in control of all the illegal movement across our borders.

If we lose the Supreme Court, this lawsuit will all be moot.

DHS and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and federal agencies are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to conduct assessments before establishing policies or regulations in order to understand the impact the proposed action may have on the environment.

The lawsuit claims the DHS is arbitrarily implementing procedures outlined by NEPA which they adopted. There are 33 actions in question which involve the entry and settlement of illegal and legal immigrants.

Like INS, “DHS has turned a blind eye regarding the environmental impacts, including the cumulative impacts, of its actions concerning foreign nationals who enter and settle into the United States pursuant to the agency’s discretionary actions,” the complaint stated.

In a 20-year span through 2010, the IRLI said the country’s population swelled by more than 60 million people because of the federal government’s handling of immigration. The population growth has harmed the environment, the Institute said in a statement on its Website, by increasing water consumption, making traffic worse, decreasing air quality and reducing farmlands and forests.

“The immigration policies implemented by DHS have had an enormous impact on the environment by causing explosive population growth,” said Dale L. Wilcox, IRLI’s executive director. “Yet DHS has ignored NEPA, the bedrock of the nation’s environmental statutory framework, for decades.”

In fact, the illegals are now demanding constitutional protections and US civil rights. For example, in one case, 16 illegal immigrants sued a rancher on the border who, after years of abuse and having illegals destroy his property, break into his home and kill his cattle, stopped them at gunpoint.

An investigation by Judicial Watch found there 2,000 tons of waste left each year on farmers property and on US lands.

South of Tucson, AZ
South of Tucson, AZ

For years American taxpayers have financed never-ending cleanup efforts along the southern border. That’s because millions of pounds of trash and human waste are left by illegal immigrants who cross through federal and state parks during their trek from Mexico into the U.S. A few years ago the federal government invested $63 million to clean up 25 million pounds of trash in the country’s most prized national forests, including Arizona’s Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and California’s Cleveland National Forest.

The effort barely put a dent on the problem because federal officials say the trash piles up at a much faster rate than it can be cleaned up. This continues to “cause extraordinary damage to natural resources and facilities,” according to congressional testimony delivered a few years ago by a high-ranking U.S. Forest official.

Texas, Illegal Alien Super Highway through the Wilderness
Texas, Illegal Alien Super Highway through the Wilderness

What about the fact that drug cartels and terrorists are coming through and some stay in the parks to grow marijuana? In fact, it’s now too dangerous to go into some areas of national parks.

The southwest of the US has taken the greatest hits and has drawn the Whitewater Draw and Hereford natural conservation districts in Arizona, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and Californians for Population Stabilization into the case.

New Mexico rancher Ralph Pope, a former worker with the U.S. Forest Service and a plaintiff in the case, is a Southwestern U.S. native who co-owns 160 acres of lands near the Arizona-New Mexico border. He said he’s seen firsthand the damages, including wildfires, caused by immigrants traversing the remote lands.

“This undeniable presence of many hundreds of thousands of humans who are traveling on foot through, on many occasions very rugged and remote areas of Southeast Arizona and Southwest New Mexico, has caused obvious and undeniable damage to the unique native ecosystems located on hundreds of thousands of acres of once pristine and unspoiled lands, most of which is federally owned,” said Pope in his affidavit.

In the 85-page document, the plaintiffs are asking for a judgement compelling DHS to follow the federal law.

The plaintiffs seek a judgement compelling the agency to adhere fully to federal law and conduct the assessments.

Read here: Complaint v. DHS and Jeh Johnson, case number: 3:16-CV-0253-L-BLM or on Scribd, Complaint Plaintiffs v Jeh Johnson, DHS

Two of the photos above, according to, were taken by Lance Altherr, the Tuscon Chapter leader of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, at a “layover” area used by the illegals just south of Amado, Arizona.

Please explain to me how the following is acceptable [emphasis mine].

The National Park Service website for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument displays this warning:

“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an attractive place, and not just for its scenery. Every year thousands of people are attracted to this remote location for its apparent ease with which they can illegally enter the USA. Away from the development at Lukeville, the remoteness of our international boundary is impossible to effectively patrol. Under the cover of darkness, dozens of paths in the park become a freeway filled with illegal foot and vehicle traffic.”

They come from Latin America, Asia, the Middle-East, and the rest of the world. They come for a variety of reasons — to find work, to escape persecution, to avoid scrutiny of immigration, to bring illegal drugs to an insatiable American market, or to infiltrate mainstream “American” culture.”

“Most immigrants are unprepared for the rigors of crossing the Sonoran Desert. They carry a few possessions, a little food, and even less water. They are unaware they are crossing a national monument, a place dedicated to preservation for present and future generations. They may be unsure of the exact route and merely follow the footsteps of others. As a result, the monument’s wilderness is laced with hundreds of miles of unofficial roads and trails. Migrants will often discard in the desert what they no longer need for their journey north.” “These routes are usually lined with empty water jugs and other discarded items. Immigrants frequently rest or camp in the most desirable places — under trees — the very same places where cactus seedlings germinate. Immigrants collect wood and build small cooking fires, but these fires also cook shallow cactus roots. Trash heaps at these sites are not only unsightly but are also unsanitary and attract a variety of scavenger wildlife. Nearby water sources are often so fouled by pollution that wildlife can no longer use them. Some overnight rest stops are so heavily used that the damage is irreparable. During the rainy seasons, vehicle routes become avenues for flood waters, further increasing the resource damage.”

“As a result of illegal immigrants crossing out borders, other unlawful acts do occur within the monument. Some of the illegals are armed, dangerous, and determined to complete the trip at any cost. Most often these few are smugglers and drug runners. They may drive a stolen vehicle or they may hire human “mules” to carry their contraband in homemade backpacks. Other illegals may be opportunistic, not intending harm, but the struggle is long and the temptations are numerous. Though most criminals operate after dark and in remote areas of the park, they have been apprehended in areas frequented by visitors.”

h/t Bob Trent


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