The dying time has begun in southern Arizona’s borderlandsby Hugh Holub on Jun. 17, 2011, under border issues, immigration law reform, politics
Every summer when the heat soars over 100 degrees in southern Arizona’s deserts the news is the same….”two dead bodies discovered’….”three dead bodies discovered”.
Last summer 59 bodies were discovered in southern Arizona just in the month of July.
It is estimated that two or three hundred people a year die in southern Arizona while trying to illegally enter the United States. We really don’t know because many bodies are never found.
Why are they dying out there?
The main reason is they are trying to illegally enter the United States and are totally unprepared for what they face…30…40…sometimes 75 miles of walking through heat blasted country.
The story is the same for many of us who live near the border and travel around in the back country…we run across illegal aliens in distress and provide them water and first aid and call the Border Patrol.
The Samaritan Patrol sends people out into the deserts with water and first aid to rescue illegal aliens in distress.
The Border Patrol rescues hundreds of illegal aliens every summer as well.
And every year folks go missing in the desert and family members start posting pictures all over the area. Have you seen Maria?
One of the border aid workers found a discarded backpack with personal identification papers of one missing illegal aliens. We know she got as far as Tubac…but vanished between here and wherever she was going. Another body waiting to be found.
Why people risk their lives for minimum wage jobs in the US is a mystery to many. But talking to the folks we all find out in the desert the stories are pretty much the same. There is no hope back in the home village where they came from and they had to go on the migrant trial or starve.
My guess is virtually all of them would much prefer a legal path into the US…but it can take years for people to get a worker visa. The folks who take to the migrant trails can’t wait years for their applications to be processed.
Two solutions to this annual wave of death are obvious:
–secure the border at the border; and
–create a legal path for workers to come to the United States.
The first solution is being stymied by federal land managers and environmentalists who prefer to protect wildlife near the border than people.
The second solution is being stymied by those who refuse to recognize that there are a lot of jobs in this country Americans simply won’t do…thus there is opportunity for illegal aliens to feed their families by coming here illegally.
If we cannot bring workers through our ports of entry above-ground…they will risk death to get here anyway.
And we cannot stop them from entering illegally if wildlife preserves and national forest lands are exempted from a full court press on securing the border at the border.
Maybe the environmentalists and federal land managers who thwart the Border Patrol need to be given copies of pictures of every dead illegal alien found in our borderlands this summer.
And maybe those who reuse to addres the need for a guest worker visa program ought to spend a day picking produce in the Imperial Valley in July.
Or even better…come to the scene when a body is found.
Maybe that body will be Maria’s.