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Closed Federal Parkland in Arizona is No Man's Land
Illegal border crossings are down in Arizona's Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, but a 3,500-acre section closed to the public has become a no man's land for drug smugglers, gun runners and Border Patrol.
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No Man's Land

A sign warns visitors against entering the 3,500-acre portion of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Note the 18-foot-tall pedestrian fence in the background.

(FNC)

Separated by a Fence

The 18-foot-tall border fence along the closed portion of the refuge. Sonora, Mexico, is located on the right.

(FNC)

Decline in Border Crossing

Sally Gall, acting refuge manager, estimated that a "couple hundred" individuals now attempt to cross the closed portion of the refuge daily, or roughly 20 times less than the estimated flow four years ago.

(Fox News)

Some Activity

Discarded water containers, a shoe and backpack are seen just south of U.S. border, revealing recent border-crossing activity.

Recent Border Activity

Discarded water containers, a shoe and backpack are seen just south of U.S. border, revealing recent border-crossing activity.

Closed Federal Parkland in Arizona is No Man's Land

Illegal border crossings are down in Arizona's Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, but a 3,500-acre section closed to the public has become a no man's land for drug smugglers, gun runners and Border Patrol.

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