Vandals drain desert water tanks intended for illegal immigrants


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Desertdog
June 14, 2006, 05:50 PM
They would probably save more lives if they would locate the Illegal Aliens (IA) and give the BP a call to give the IAs a ride back home.

Vandals drain desert water tanks intended for illegal immigrants
http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5030576

"We try to save people from dying from dehydration," said Paula Mich, a volunteer with Humane Borders.

Mich, along with hundreds of other Humane Borders volunteers, travels into the wilderness each day to refill tanks with water meant for the lips of illegal immigrants crossing the border.

Marked with a blue flag, the jugs are placed deep in the desert just outside Tucson in areas where volunteers say the most illegal immigrants have died from dehydration.

"We save lives by doing this," said Humane Borders Volunteer Frank Saavedra. "I don't know how many, but if it's only one it's worth it."

Not everyone agrees with Humane Borders placing water tanks in areas heavily trafficked by illegal immigrants.

Mich says vandals have been coming out to the water stations, pulling the caps off the tanks and dumping the water out into the desert.

The volunteers also say vandals are destroying the blue flags that fly atop 30-foot poles in the middle of the desert -- flags the immigrants look for when seeking out a water station on their journeys.

"Flags have been destroyed, and not in this station but in others. They've put bullet holes [the water tanks]," Mich said.

Mich also says each week Humane Borders finds at least one or more of their 70 water tanks vandalized, an act these volunteers say can kill.

"If they're planning on getting their water at that location and they get there and there's no water, then the next time they could get water could be not before they die," Saavedra said.

Russ Dove, a local immigration activist, says he understands why people trash the tanks.

"The vandal issue is a sign that Americans have had enough," Dove said, "and from observation, I think it's only going to get worse."

Dove says Humane Borders is helping illegal immigrants, some he calls criminals, cross the border safely.

"These are robbers, rapists, murders. This is simply aiding and abetting criminal activity," Dove said.

The volunteers, however, say the border crossers are innocent, crossing in search of a better life.

"We're going to continue to do this regardless of how many empty tanks we find," Mich said. "We're going to continue to do this."

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Manedwolf
June 14, 2006, 05:52 PM
The volunteers, however, say the border crossers are innocent, crossing in search of a better life.

Tell that to the person just recently attacked here by a Mexican national who had already been deported for crimes and snuck back in THREE TIMES.

"If they're planning on getting their water at that location and they get there and there's no water, then the next time they could get water could be not before they die," Saavedra said.

And why isn't he demanding that Vincente Fox take some responsibility? And nice sentence structure there. :scrutiny:

Car Knocker
June 14, 2006, 05:58 PM
In the desert west of here there are water tanks in isolated areas to help wildlife make it through the dry summers. It is not unusual to see these wildlife tanks vandalized. It seems that vandals often just like to destroy things for the sake of destroying. I think at this point, lacking any suspects, it is somewhat premature for either side to say the destruction is specifically targeted at illegal immigrants.

Shooter973
June 14, 2006, 06:00 PM
What a simple yet effective deterrent to the Illegal immigrant problem!!! Stop helping them to get here and NO MORE PROBLEM!!!:cuss:

Don't ya just hate it when someone does something that works so well???:banghead:

I know that they don't deserve to die but they should stay on their own side of the Border!!!:fire:

MudPuppy
June 14, 2006, 06:28 PM
Probably just vandals tearing stuff up to tear it up. If it was someone anti-illegal, they'd have likely done something much, much more...sinister.

Standing Wolf
June 14, 2006, 06:32 PM
The volunteers, however, say the border crossers are innocent, crossing in search of a better life.

They should stay home and forment a revolution.

KIDGLOCK
June 14, 2006, 06:36 PM
Cry me a river .





heheheheh

seeker_two
June 14, 2006, 06:45 PM
:D :D :D :D :D :D

Sistema1927
June 14, 2006, 06:48 PM
We ought to build a wall.

We ought to protect our border.

We ought to enforce our laws.

However, until we do these things, if someone wants to put water in the desert, then OK, and the vandals who destroy these tanks are thugs. Illegal immigration may be illegal, but last I checked it was not a capital offense.

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