Houston Chronicle – Mexico convinces U.S. to delay border spraying

The U.S. Border Patrol has halted a controversial pilot project to poison and eliminate all plant life along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank to make it easier to spot criminals.

The $2.1 million project, which was to begin today, was stopped indefinitely over concerns raised by Mexican government officials, said Roque Sarinana, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s Laredo Sector.

“Currently we are looking at all aspects of the project before we implement any action,” he said.

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