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Voice: Desert and canal aid: help or a death warrant?

April 13, 2001

With all the talk lately about putting lifelines across the All- American Canal and leaving water and food along the routes used by the undocumented people who cross our deserts, are the people who are pushing for these things sure they are going to save lives or are they signing some poor souls' death warrants?

Lifelines will only encourage those who are not physically fit to try to get across. Food and water in the desert will encourage families with young children to try to make the trip. What will really happen is that the first group to come across these places will use and take everything there. The next group still has nothing unless these things are replaced daily. Can we taxpayers afford this? The cost has to come from somewhere.

Lifelines will make it easier for drugs and other contraband to be brought across. We need to make it more difficult, not put help out there. These illegal do more than take jobs natives won't touch, as the paper says. Children born of these people over here are citizens of this country, entitled to a Social Security card and all that goes with it.

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The money spent on hospitals and autopsy reports could well be used to clean up the New River. It's time Mexico took some of the responsibility for the cost incurred by these people.

One question I must ask: Why is it necessary to perform an autopsy on each and every body found whether in the canal or the desert? Dead is dead.

LUCY MUNGER

Holtville

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