Another point of view from Arizona.  We have heard from those wanting to tighten up on illegal immigration and we have heard from those from PWC.

 

From the Washington Post:

At a time when state and federal governments are focused on tightening the border to keep out immigrants who cross illegally from Mexico, Wallin and her colleagues help people who make the trip. They leave water and food along well-known foot trails. They distribute maps showing the water sites and search for trekking migrants. Sometimes, they find dead bodies.

Additionally,

While the debate goes on, Wallin and a group of 140 volunteers who call themselves Los Samaritanos work against brutal heat and an unforgiving desert landscape where 61 migrants died in the seven months that ended April 30. In a region split by the increasingly fortified U.S.-Mexico border, they say they are doing moral deeds in the face of a simple reality: Migrants keep coming.

“Most of the people we find are broken, beaten down, sobbing, so lonesome, broken. They just want to go home,” said the Rev. Randy Mayer, pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Ariz., home to Los Samaritanos. “We’re just trying to stop people from dying. Somebody will say, ‘What don’t you understand about “illegal”?’ Well, it’s more complicated than that.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, who have caught 168,000 illegal immigrants since Oct. 1 in this section of southern Arizona near Tucson, disapprove of the effort

In the end, people have to follow their own conscience and do what they think is right. Sometimes their attitudes stem from politics, religion, or altruism. The one thing that is certain: We don’t all agree. To some, Los Samaritanos are angels–to others, they are devils.

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59 Thoughts to “‘Los Samaritanos’ leave food and water for illegal immigrants”

  1. Whoooaaa….Starryflights is certainly as entitled to state an opinion about Christian charity as any9one else.

    And it most certainly is about feeding the poor and helping those in need. It is also about providing aid to travelers. Obviously these people have a calling. Who are any of us to poke a stick in their eye?

  2. NIK, I got that.;) yes, some politicians have helped lead to situations where workers are needed, lured them here, and then turned on the same people as a political ploy. Hmmmm, I wonder who that can be?

    Hint: If you don’t want to lure lots of illegal immigrants here, then don’t allow endless development to happen. Those houses aren’t going to build themselves.

  3. Wolverine

    I hope those Los Samaritanos treat the environment in the Sonora Desert with the same Christian reverence and obligation they address to needy immigrants. I’ve seen photos of the trash left behind in that desert along those trails of which the Los Samaritanos speak. Looks like a landfill in some places. I suggest the Los Samaritanos also bring some trash bags with them on their excursions into the desert. If they do already, good for them.

  4. Emma

    Starryflights :
    Emma, if you have a problem with the words of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, take it up with Him (preferably before Judgment Day), not with me. I am but His servant.

    Yes, your holiness.

  5. Wolverine brings up a good point. Those on reservation lands could also TWTB (travel with trash bags) Same reason.

  6. A Samaritan

    @Posting as Pinko
    Re. Question about Donations
    Anyone wishing to make a donation to Los Samaritanos can find information at:
    http://www.gvsamaritans.com Currently our car fund needs replenishing. We take our sturdy older vehicles on rough roads in the desert to drop off water and to find lost, exhausted and injured migrants.
    We need a car fund to pay for occasional car repairs and to buy a “new” used vehicle when a vehicle finally gives out. Thank you for asking.

  7. A Samaritan

    @Wolverine
    We Samaritans most definitely do care for the land. The Sonoran desert is harsh but beautiful. We take plastic bags with us on searches and go on Basura ( Spanish word for trash) pickups in the desert every other week. On Basura days crews of 6-14 will fill 20-40 large trash bags in a morning. We recycle what we can. We go on public lands where permitted and private lands when invited. We go to areas where a lot has been left behind. At first you are struck by how unsightly it all is. But as you begin to pick up items and find a child’s pink backpack with perhaps a picture of “Dora the Explorer”, family photos, prayer cards, hand embroidered tortilla cloths (some saying “I love you” in Spanish), worn out shoes, deodorant sticks and toothpaste tubes you feel the humanity of those who have walked in the place you are standing. You wonder how they are doing. You hope they are safe. You imagine how difficult life must have been for them to undertake such a journey. When you leave, the area you’ve cleaned looks good again. And somehow having connected to the humanness of those who have travelled through, you feel your own humanness more as well. (Our website is a bit outdated but still accurate http://www.gvsamaritans.org)

    1. A Samaritan, I am in awe of the picture you painted with your words. I felt for a moment, as I read, like I was visiting a museum of sorts. Actually, I thought of that section of the Holocaust Museum where all the shoes lie in a pile, a shoe graveyard of sorts.

      You have truly put a human face on a great political divide. Thank you. We all need to be reminded of the humaness of this divide.

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