4.22.2006

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.