The busy season is just ahead, when a large number of immigrants risk their lives to cross local waterways or through dangerous desert terrain. They do so as they follow their dreams for a better life for themselves and their families.
Aiding in their effort to cross the border illegally are smugglers, those who prey on the dreams of immigrants. The smugglers, or "coyotes," often lie to their human cargo, leading the immigrants to believe the crossing of the border will be easy. It's not. It's dangerous, often deadly.
We are not naive. We understand there is little that can stop the coyotes. The demand is there and it is a profitable business.
Still, we are glad to see local law enforcement doing what it can to strike at the smugglers. Last year we saw a stepped-up effort to prosecute these heartless people. That effort is continuing this year. Three smugglers recently pleaded guilty to charges that their smuggling operations led to the deaths of two people.