The collapse of a major sewage trunk line in the Mexican border town of Tijuana earlier this year triggered a massive spill that seeped across the border and has since reportedly been making U.S. Border Patrol agents sick.
“I have personally received reports of Border Patrol agents falling ill, being forced to leave their shifts and seek medical attention, possibly even putting their families at risk when these agents return home following events of exposure,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., revealed in a recent letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson obtained by The Daily Caller.
In addition to making Border Patrol agents sick, the spill has also caused a number of “critical military operations and exercises in the area” to be suspended, the congressman added.
He concluded his letter by urging both the State Department and the Environment Protection Agency to get involved in “resolving the situation.”
According to the The San Diego Union-Tribune, the spill occurred in February and was caused by the “strained and underfunded sewage system” in Tijuana, which is in the Mexican state of Baja California. Yet despite the state’s governor reportedly declaring a state of emergency in its aftermath, the spill has remained a problem well into May.
Just last week, for instance, San Diego station KFMB reported that sewage from the spill had found its way into a number of San Diego County beaches and communities. To make matters worse, it was believed by some that the spill had been deliberate.
“It saves (the Mexican agencies) a lot of money in pumping costs, and ultimately, they can get away with it and do it all the time, just on a much smaller scale,” Serge Dedina, mayor of the California town Imperial Beach, opined to the Los Angeles Times two months ago.
Plus, Mexican officials reportedly gave their U.S. counterparts no official notice of what had occurred.
“At least a notification would be a good neighborly thing to do, to let us know what was coming down the river before it got here so we could alert the public,” Dave Gibson, the executive officer of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, told the Los Angeles Times.
How exactly this crisis will ultimately be resolved remains unclear. What’s known for certain is that this whole debacle just goes to show why President Donald Trump’s willingness to be tough in his dealings with foreign nations is an absolute must.
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