Friday, July 1, 2011

How many will die this weekend crossing Arizona desert?

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found five people dead in the Sonoran Desert this week and rescued 36 migrants in distress. While the Fourth of July weekend signals a holiday for many U.S. citizens, the weekend will be deadly on the border. How many more will die? 

As temperatures rise, people attempting to cross the Sonoran Desert face extremely hazardous conditions. Unreliable smugglers put their lives in danger when they lead them through the harsh desert terrain. These smugglers, called "coyotes," often abandon the migrants when they are physically unable to continue. 

The Chihuahua Desert (pictured), adjacent to the Sonoran Desert
Those who cross illegally also face legal consequences if apprehended. Even those who are rescued are then held for processing and ultimately deported.

The numbers of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants are down across the U.S.-Mexico border, but the Tucson Sector Border Patrol unit still sees lots of activity. This is because increased border security has driven those desperate to enter the U.S. into the most geographically desolate--and also the most dangerous--areas to attempt the crossing.

Dehydration claims the lives of many, sometimes even taking the lives of people who the Border Patrol do locate and reach--but too late.

Border Patrol agents perform a humanitarian service in these rescue attempts. Our nation owes at least this to the workers who put their lives at risk in an attempt to join the U.S. labor force and take jobs that citizens deign to do. There is no legal way for these would-be construction workers, meat processing workers, farm workers, housekeepers, and landscape workers to enter the country.


One Fly said...

b b b b b but they're brown Billie.

Border Explorer said...

I [heart] you, One Fly!

CJW said...

Great post! Lets hope on 4th of July weekend many Americans will remember what its like to have a heart and care about their fellow man.

Vicente Duque said...

Happy Fourth of July, For Everybody - For All ! - Americans or not ! - Citizens or not ! - A good day for reflection - Think everybody that America can give more good fruits, for the Nation and the World - Think of the Common Good !

The USA is a great contribution to the History and Progress of Mankind, to the development of Law, Government, Democracy, Freedoms, Liberties, Free Speech and Free Press, to Parliamentary or Congress system of Legislation, to Supreme Court, Circuit Courts and the Universal History of the Judiciary.

But it is necessary to integrate American Latinos fully to American Society and in particular those called "Illegal Aliens", sometimes with derision and hatred. And called with more respect or love "Undocumented Immigrants" by many intelligent Anglos that understand that they are all part of America and the American Dream.

This was beautifully and poetically expressed by President Obama in a recent speech in San Antonio, Texas - Nobody could have said it better than this Great Man and Great President.

The Integration of Good Resident Latinos to American Civil Order and Society would be great fuel for the American Economic Machine and Powerhouse.

I do not have the slightest doubt that this Integration by means of "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" or any other name or catch-phrase is good for the American Economy and to overcome any lingering doubts about Jobs, Employment, the Economy, Finance, Wall Street, the Debt, Social Security, Health Overhaul, etc...

I also think that sooner or later all Political Parties in America will understand this Great Truth of Integration and Inclusion, and this will be a new impulse to American Society and American Dreams.

The Nation that does not take advantage of Youth : of Children in Elementary Schools, of
Youngsters in High School and College is asking for many troubles in the long term Future.

Leaving Children and Youngsters uneducated is the best help to Crime and Delinquency, to thugs, to a Jail System ( many of those prisons are private ) that is an excellent business for a few, but that condemns millions to be bums for life, being fed, clothed and maintained by Taxpayers.

The U. S. Supreme Court in its 1982 case, Plyler v. Doe reminded us why it's important not to foreclose public education to undocumented students : "Many of the undocumented children disabled by this classification will remain in this country indefinitely, and some will become lawful residents or citizens of the United States"

The U. S. Supreme Court continues :

"It is difficult to understand precisely what the State hopes to achieve by promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare, and crime. It is thus clear that whatever savings might be achieved by denying these children an education, they are wholly insubstantial in light of the costs involved to these children, the State, and the Nation."


Vicente Duque

News Updates said...
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Vicente Duque said...

SB 1070 Shooter Gary Kelley Sentenced to 27.5 Years in White-on-Brown Slaying : Beer and firearms don't mix. And they mix especially poorly with bigotry, latent or otherwise. The shooting happened outside of Varela's home with Varela's brother looking on and their mother watching from their house.

Gary Kelley is a South Phoenix man who gunned down his neighbor Juan Varela on May 6, 2010 after screaming at him in a drunken rage, "You fucking Mexican, go back to Mexico!"

Varela 44 was an American citizen. - Varela's family has been in this country for generations.
Kelley, 51, is Anglo

Phoenix New Times
Feathered Bastard
SB 1070 Shooter Gary Kelley Sentenced to 27.5 Years in White-on-Brown Slaying
By Stephen Lemons
July 5, 2011

Some excerpts :

Today, Kelley was sentenced to 27.5 years in prison for second degree murder and aggravated assault. Kelley's first trial ended with a hung jury earlier this year. He was retried in April and convicted.

According to a report of Kelley's first trial by my colleague Valeria Fernandez of New America Media, Kelley's lawyer admitted that his client originally approached Varela to discuss Arizona's breathing-while-brown law, Senate Bill 1070.

If you disagree with my characterization of Arizona's hate statute, look no further to the stated "intent" of the act itself, "to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government entities in Arizona."

That phrase "attrition through enforcement" is nativist code for ethnic cleansing. And the ethnicity SB 1070-backers want "cleansed" from Arizona is that of the Hispanic variety.

All Latinos are in the crosshairs, because the state's redneck contingent is too stupid to note any differences between Latinos of different nationalities.

1070 signaled to the state's Hispanic population that it was not welcome. It made Arizona a byword for xenophobia and intolerance. And it dredged up some ugly ideas in the brains of such folk as Gary Kelley.

1070 served as a catalyst, emboldening those who think "Americans" are by definition white, plating seeds of distrust and resentment, and fattening the ugly tumor of prejudice in the brains of weak-willed men like Kelley.

Still, if Kelley had not been seriously inebriated, with an estimated blood alcohol content of between 0.126 and 0.286, and if he had not been armed, Varela would likely be alive today, and his daughter would still have a daddy.

Instead, Varela is dead, and Kelley might as well be. As the Maricopa County Attorney's Office noted in its press release on the sentencing, Kelley will be "in his late 70s" before he's eligible for release from prison.

A waste on all sides. And for what? Nothing but the furtherance of enmity and ethnic strife.

Till then, Arizona's old, reactionary white majority will cling jealously to its hegemony and continue to demonize Latinos for all of the state's social and economic ills.

Hell, even Arizona's senior U.S. Senator John McCain feels no shame in blaming wildfires on Mexican migrants. That's how bad things are.

Those of us who believe in justice and long for ethnic and racial equality have no choice but to battle the haters, the opportunists, and the bigots until the snow-bird electorate that empowers them dies off of old age.

And that's one thing I can believe in : That, try as they might, the racist alter kockers cannot live forever.