Vast tracts of our most treasured public lands, supposedly set aside in perpetuity for Americans, are no longer controlled by the
government. Instead, they have been invaded and taken over by Mexico's violent criminal drug organizations to grow marijuana. United States
Even more shocking: Mexican cartels have been growing marijuana for at least 10 years in
, one of the crown jewels of the system. Nature-loving hikers are compelled to accept that parts of Sequoia are "no go zones" during the growing season. Sequoia National Park
These Mexican marijuana messes are an ecological disaster. They are not innocent little plots that leave a minimal footprint. They are industrial grow sites, toxic stews where the gangsters use dangerous and illegal chemical herbicides, pesticides and growth hormones that result in long-lasting environmental damage.
National parks are supposed to be protected at the highest standard, preserving them for future generations in a pristine, unspoiled state. But he Mexican infestation has corrupted that idea to its core.
Drug czar John Walters testified to Congress in March that
"10 acres of forest are damaged for every acre planted with marijuana, with an estimated cost of $11,000 per acre to repair and restore land that has been contaminated with the toxic chemicals, fertilizers, irrigation tubing, and pipes associated with marijuana cultivation."
The Mexican gangsters (who are often illegal aliens) routinely cut down trees, divert streams with systems of PVC pipe and poach wildlife for food. Their operations are big business: In 2007, more than 20,000 plants were found in Yosemite National Park and 43,000 plants in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. The eradication operations cost the government millions of dollars, but today there is no money for the clean-up, so funds are either diverted from other projects or volunteers help out. Sadly, with budgets slim, park protection and maintenance do not rank high on
's priorities. The problem gets worse every year. Washington
Of course the use of the phrase 'National Park' is a bit misleading.
After all if we have no official language, no official culture and no borders then we really have no nation let alone "national" parks.