6.25.2006

All Kinds Here

Big coverage from the Washington Post. Here's a snippet:
"We've got all kinds here," said Robin Hoover, head of Humane Borders, a Tucson-based interfaith organization devoted to stopping deaths among illegal immigrants as they cross the desert. "We've got people who all say they want to save America -- and they're fighting like cats and dogs."

6.21.2006

No Walls, No Reform

According to the AP:
Two weeks on the job, the new head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday he does not favor building a huge wall along the Mexican border.

“I don’t support, I don’t believe the administration supports a wall,” Commissioner W. Ralph Basham said in Tucson, where he met with patrol officials and agents before embarking on a tour across the Arizona desert.
Meanwhile, according to CNN:
In a move that could prevent immigration legislation from passing Congress this year, the House will begin a fresh series of hearings on immigration next month, Republican leaders announced Tuesday.

The hearings will be held in Washington and across the country "so we understand what the American people are saying," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois.

6.15.2006

Lack Of Imagination

Tucson Citizen: As many as 300 Arizona National Guard members headed to the Mexican border Wednesday, the first deployment under President Bush's plan to free Border Patrol agents for enforcement duties.

Hoover: "This is a political problem that requires a political solution," he said. "Sending troops to the border represents a stunning lack of imagination."

6.14.2006

Thank You Paula Mich!

Volunteer Paula Mich on meeting the challenge of vandalism, as quoted on KVOA: "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."

6.03.2006

Desert Heats Up

From the Tucson Citizen:
Over the last two weeks, the Border Patrol has rescued 88 illegal immigrants, 40 percent of the agency's total rescues since the start of the fiscal year on October 1. The agency has recorded 85 deaths in the same period.

Humane Borders founder Robin Hoover said the organization has been refilling its water stations on a daily basis since May 1. Water usage peaks during June and July, when volunteers refill up to 1,500 gallons of water a week.

"We hope to remove a lot of misery and save lives," Hoover said. "We hope that we're useful."