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Border patrol runs roughshod on public lands


In its quest to secure the U.S./Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol is running roughshod over huge swaths of desert wilderness with complete immunity from U.S. environmental laws.

That’s what Ray Ring, a senior editor at High Country News, discovered on a recent reporting trip to the border for his feature story “Border Out of Control." For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK Radio’s collaboration with the magazine, Ring told Nelson Harvey about the tremendous environmental price we’re paying at the border, and why it’s tough to quantify what we’re getting in return.