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    I wasn't really talking about illegal immigrants, rather anybody who wanted to bring in something that was prohibited. It is fine to have a quarantine system set up for plants when they hit the border, but the success of such a setup is reliant upon individuals doing the right thing. The way the screening is conducted in the US at the moment it is far to easy for prohibited goods to escape via a very thinly cast net. For instance in comparison to Australia, it is incredibly easy to illegally import goods into the US via the mail system.

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    Thats why the other step is prohibiting the sale and distribution iof these plants and destroying them where found.

    heck, you still can by water hycaynth in florida and buckthorn country wide.

    But if you really wante to smuggle something in, you will find a way no matter what measures are in place. We just have to make it hard to.

    Why is australia so much more difficult to send banned substances by mail?
    that makes no logic

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    It's much more difficult to send plant products through the mailing system to Australia because 100% of the mail is screened by Customs and Quarantine officials as it arrives. This doesn't mean that every piece of mail is opened, but every piece is x-rayed and run over by detector dogs trained to detect plant materials (among other things).

    The colour x-ray units that are used are quite effective in locating plant material and the consequences for anyone being caught can be severe. I doubt whether it would be feasible for USDA officials to screen the massive volume of mail that enters the US in the same manner that it is done down here.

    I was in control of implementing the use of these colour x-ray units into mail centres when the foot and nouth outbreak occurred in Europe (before which we had a single B&W unit to cover the entire Melbourne mail centre- now replaced by 6 coloured ones). In the first couple of weeks of screening mail from Europe only, we seized over 30 packages containing various drugs- mainly ecstacy. Nowadays, during a weeks work we would be lucky to find a single consignment. Doesn't mean that the drugs are no longer entering the country, just that they can no longer import it effectively through the mail.

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