Drug runners would cut across Mexican Highway 2 through Organ Pipe’s dirt roads in a car and then quickly hop onto U.S. Highway 85, which shoots up to Phoenix or Tucson. The vehicles blazed more than 200 miles of unauthorized roads through the park, and rangers found themselves in dangerous, high-speed chases nearly every day. An $18 million, 23-mile vehicle fence put up after Eggle’s murder by the Department of the Interior cut down on this vehicle traffic. Now, cartels have had to get smarter, sometimes cutting into the fence, removing it, driving through, and then putting it back together again. Drug runners also started coming more on foot, dropping their packages in designated spots on the highway for someone else to pick up.
So first, it’s clear that the fence helped. All these people against fences keep trying to argue that putting up fences won’t make a difference. Which is pretty stupid.
Still, Murdoc would argue for a second fence a hundred yards inside the first one, with a ten foot ditch between them. He’d also shoot any living thing that was spotted between the two fences, but that’s just him.
For what it’s worth, National Park Rangers should not be tasked with this. I’d say that National Guard troops should be guarding the nation. With crew-served weaponry and liberal ROE.