San Diego-area businessman John Hunter deserves credit for trying to do something to save illegal immigrant lives. Last year he put water stations in the desert. Now he wants to put even more. He also wants to place lifelines across the All-American Canal — one every mile — to lessen drownings.
Still, Hunter was way off base in comments during a recent Project for Immigrant Lives meeting in which he claimed lack of movement by the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors was costing lives. That people die in the canal is not the fault of IID or any local government agency. It is simply the kind of tragedy that can occur when people try to cross illegally into this country.
Hunter is wrong to question the IID board's efforts to make sure the lifelines are put up correctly. It seems the money IID has received from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will not be enough to do the project. That may not please Hunter, who wants to see the lines put up quickly and who thinks the work can be done by volunteers, but that is a fact.