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Probe: July 23, 2001

July 23, 2001

QUESTIONS: I just finished reading the letter about the blue flags in the desert. I am totally against it, especially the ones I can see from the highway.

If people are lost in this area, why couldn't they just walk to the highway and get help? I am sure someone, myself included, would be more than happy to help them. The least I could do is call the Border Patrol so they could get them some fresh drinking water.

I think those flags are there for political reasons. Your response even made a point to mention John Hunter is Congressman Duncan Hunter's brother. People are so willing to help these people, but the last I heard it was against federal law to help people illegally entering the U.S.

Also I have a friend in the Border Patrol who says that illegal aliens within so many feet of the blue flags cannot be touched. Can you tell me how true that is, because I've been thinking of picking up aliens, if I could get them to make it to one of the blue flags 100 yards from the highway?

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Maybe John Hunter could leave some tents and Happy Meals at the flag posts while he's leaving jugs of water. -Emailer

You're absolutely right, it is against the law. Some would rather see these people alive than dead, though. Let's face it, our border is not a closed one, and the President isn't doing much to close it. So until that happens, there is no perfect solution, is there?

UPDATE: Good food, good service, but you had the address wrong. Bubba's Southern BBQ and Seafood is at 2497 S. 4th Ave., Yuma.-BBQ Lover, No City.

Thanks! Our mistake.

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