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Voice: Not just undocumented immigrants dying in All-American

March 29, 2001

Walter: My goodness aren't you a cold and reckless sort. Can you imagine how horrible one's life back home must be to jump into a canal when you know you can't swim?

I was lucky growing up in Calexico to have been exposed to Dippy Duck. I learned not to go near canals. Dippy Duck is a crusader about the dangers of our local canals.

Our neighbors down south are not so lucky. If having a lifeline across the All-American Canal saves even one life, of a "lawbreaker" in your own words, it has served its purpose. Maybe you are not interested in saving the lives of our brown-skinned brothers looking for a better life by working in our fields and other low-wage jobs, so let me remind you the reality is that more than a few legal residents of these United States have perished in those waters.

RICK CONTRERAS

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Pasco, Wash.

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