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Wisconsin Rep. introduces 'TRASHED' bill to address environmental harm caused by illegal immigration

"The illegal immigration that's going on with the open border has affected us in so many different ways," Tiffany said.

Published: November 7, 2023 3:16pm

Updated: November 7, 2023 3:45pm

Congressman Tom Tiffany, R-Wi., introduced legislation to address environmental concerns of illegal immigration, such as the millions of pounds of trash left near and on the southern border. 

"If it's eight pounds of trash and we're up to nearly 10 million people, that's 80 million pounds of trash that have been dumped here in the United States of America," Tiffany said on the Monday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show.  "But as we all know, the immigration situation, the illegal immigration that's going on with the open border has affected us in so many different ways."

The bill Tiffany introduced last week is titled the "Trash Reduction and Suppressing Harm from Environmental Degradation (TRASHED) at the Border Act." 

“Having seen the litter of trash, clothes, and human waste on our federal borderlands firsthand, I can tell you that the environmental damage of President Biden’s open border needs critical attention,” Tiffany wrote in a press release. “While the Biden administration turns a blind eye to the environmental consequences of illegal immigration, the TRASHED Border Act ensures there is greater transparency and accountability for illegals who litter on our public lands.” 

Data shows that Border Patrol agents have arrested roughly two million people who attempted to enter the U.S. unlawfully through either Canada or Mexico in fiscal year 2023.

Republicans and other critics of the Biden administration have referred to the amount of people coming across the border as a "crisis" and an "invasion."

"There's also this component of where they're trashing, including our federal lands that are down on the southern border," Tiffany said. "I think there's about 40% of our southern border that is federal lands, including national parks. I chair the Federal Lands Subcommittee, and we want to highlight there's damage being done in that way also." 

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