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Federal Government Begins to Fill In Smuggler's Gulch

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A canyon commonly used by illegal immigrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border is now being filled in.

The federal government has begun a project to fill in the area known as Smuggler's Gulch with dirt. The project is scheduled to be completed in May.

Environmentalists fear the project will harm endangered animals, the Tijuana Estuary and Native American sites.

But Border Patrol officials say the move, which includes installing lighting, fencing and surveillance cameras, will help them control the border.

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