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Sunday, November 21, 2004

USA: Volunteers help save lives of migrants crossing desert

from The Arizona Republic:

TUCSON - Isela Cisneros wishes the rescue crew could have been here sooner. Her father, Luis, died two months before volunteers such as James Seaman started saving illegal immigrants from desert death.

Isela believes her father died alone after he fell behind a group of illegal immigrants being guided into the United States through this rough terrain. Isela said her father was on his way to California to visit her children - his grandchildren - despite her objections.

Two months later, Seaman and others started staging rescues 24 hours a day, seven days a week from an old recreational vehicle parked about 50 miles south of Tucson.
Cisneros is one of 221 illegal immigrants known to have died crossing the Arizona border in the fiscal year, the highest Arizona toll on record.

Since volunteers with the No More Deaths campaign started patrolling in Tucson and in Douglas, they've encountered more than 800 people sneaking across the desert, No More Deaths spokeswoman Mimi Edmunds said.

They've dished out thousands of pounds of foods, thousands of drinks and thousands of pounds of clothing.

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