Recently the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service had two joint meetings — one in El Centro and one in San Diego — with Mexican officials. The goal was to lessen deaths among those trying to cross the California-Mexico border illegally.
While the ultimate idea is to prevent illegal immigration, officials realize it is impossible to stop it. With that in mind they want to make sure their enforcement of the border areas include doing everything possible to save lives.
As a result of the meetings, the New River and the All-American Canal were designated as high-risk zones. While that may not seem like a big step, such a designation could lead to more federal resources being focused on the Imperial Valley to prevent illegal immigration. That could lead to more lives being saved.
Officials from both sides of the border are talking about doing joint training exercises. That is a good idea, since authorities in both countries are working toward the same goal. Joint training could lead to improved communication and communication can make the difference in saving a life.