Border Agencies Having Trouble Keeping Up With Trafficking on Federal Lands – CQ Homeland Security

The rate of illegal entries into federal lands along the U.S.-Mexico border has outstripped the pace of Border Patrol apprehensions in those areas — and the threat shows no sign of abating, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

“Border Patrol threat assessments showed that tribal lands, a national forest, wildlife refuges, a conservation area, and national parks in the Tucson sector continue to be high-risk areas for cross-border threats related to marijuana smuggling and illegal migration,” said the report, adding that “Border Patrol data show that the number of apprehensions of illegal entrants has not kept pace with the number of estimated illegal entries.”