3.31.2006

In USA Today Today

USA Today asks: Aren't people who provide humanitarian aid to undocumented immigrants only encouraging more people to cross the border illegally? Robin answers: There is no evidence whatsoever that the presence of some water in the desert encourages migration. If you want to carry that kind thinking to its logical end, then we would have to tear up the interstate highways because people are using interstate highways to smuggle dope. Those are ridiculous reductionist arguments. All of the humanitarian groups that I know of that operate in California and Arizona go to great lengths to warn migrants of the explicit dangers before them. I would say we're actually doing a better job of trying to manage the migration than the folks that are throwing rocks at us.