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Opinion: Republicans in Congress show their ignorance on Carrizo cane control

Date: 2020-03-31

In early February, US Representative Chip Roy (R-TX21) introduced HR 5973, the Border Visibility and Security Act of 2020. This bill would give several further resources to the Department of Homeland Security for road construction along the border, divert convicted cartel members’ forfeited criminal proceeds to funding further border security measures and update the technology available to surveil the Texas-Mexico border region.

However, one of the more contentious components of the bill is barely mentioned in it at all: concerted efforts to remove Arundo donax, or Carrizo cane, from the banks of the Rio Grande.

Roy’s bill stipulates that ‘the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary—to permanently eradicate the cane that grows along the Rio Grande.’ However, it goes on in the next subsection to state ‘no additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section.’

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