Those Hunter Brothers

Sooner or later, someone was going to pick up on the tale of two Hunters. Here's the AP:
Growing up in Southern California, Duncan Hunter and his younger brother, John, shot geese together and fished for bass.

As adults, they chat by phone nearly every day and meet up for an occasional round of golf. They remain close even though their views are sometimes at odds -- notably on the latest hot-button topic before Congress, immigration.

Many siblings agree to disagree on politics; the Hunter brothers' divide goes deeper than arguments around the dinner table.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is a hero to immigration hard-liners. The California Republican is almost single-handedly responsible for a superfortified stretch of border -- a 14-mile barrier in San Diego that is nearing completion.

John Hunter, toy inventor and physicist, is trying to prevent the deaths that many consider an unintended consequence of his brother's fence. His pioneering work providing water in the California desert to illegal border crossers is revered by liberals.
We like this quote from John:
"We're actionists, not activists," he told 35 volunteers one Saturday morning in Ocotillo, a desert hamlet about 70 miles east of San Diego. "Everyone has an opinion (about immigration), but that's not why we're here. Our only issue is survival."
Full story here, including a quote at the bottom from Robin.


MSNBC Uses Our Maps

MSNBC maps border deaths. Full story here. Humane Borders maps page here.


Call To Elected Officials

Humane Borders calls upon the Governor other elected officials, public administrators, and candidates for offices in the state of Arizona to reach for the moral high ground in the immigration debate. It is time to turn to those who are putting forward the anti-migrant legislation and say, “You are right. We can only manage some of the effects of the migration. As for me and my staff, my household, we’re going to seek to reduce the number of migrants who are dying the in the desert. We’re going to make efforts to reunite the bodies of dead migrants with their families in Mexico. We’re going to let humanitarian groups have access to Arizona State Trust Lands. It’s immoral to be able to on Trust lands and hunt and kill but not to save lives and distribute water. We’re going to work toward putting more cell phone towers in the desert to support all of our first responders, tourists, citizens, and others as well as to enable migrants to call for life-saving help when it is needed. We’re going to commit state resources to find ways to save money by more effectively and efficiently providing life-saving technologies in the deserts.”

These are the voices that need to be heard in this debate. These are the words that are not only right to be spoken, they are words that have political power. It’s time that our leaders speak up and say that they not only love Mexican tomatoes but that they also love Mexicans. It’s time that leaders stand up and support our children walking out of their schools for they are honoring their mothers and their fathers. They are practicing their civics lessons. They are exercising their rights. It’s time that our leaders quit spending so much energy on bills that center on how many dollars are being spent on whom and start spending some energy on human beings in peril.

When we look at the face of the migrant, far too often it is a dead migrant. It’s not a person trying to cheat the system, not a person trying to cheat us. It’s a person who is here to get a better job. We and our neighbors are giving them the jobs. When we look at what is going on, we need to see the people, and our leaders need to see us looking.

Thank God this conversation is going public. Thank God, we have texts like the story of the Good Samaritan, of Matthew 25, and of Leviticus 19 teaching us how to live together as a people. Thank God that we have the opportunity, which we will exercise to vote in every election. Thank God some people listen and some people get it.

More here.

Chavez Week Public Lecture

Robin was invited to speak at Fresno State's recent Cesar Chavez Week gathering. Here's his speech, as it appears on our main site.