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I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
vacillating, extended, shivering with dream,
down in the damp bowels of earth,
absorbing it, thinking it, eating it every day.

-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

Female border crosser dies despite rescue effort

An illegal entrant who became ill was evacuated by helicopter Tuesday, but died en route to the hospital.

The agency received a call at 6:30 p.m. from someone who reported that three illegal entrants needed help at milepost 151 on Arizona 86, about a mile east of Three Points, said Sean King, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman.

Two illegal border crossers — a boy and a girl — told Border Patrol agents who answered the call that they had left their traveling companion behind in the brush, he said.

Agents found the woman and called Emergency Medical Services and Borstar, the Border Patrol's search, trauma and rescue unit, and requested a helicopter. The woman was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, King said.

Read the full article in the Arizona Daily Star

Inaction over immigration lets extremists flourish

Presidential candidate John McCain has made a stunning revelation. He told an audience at the Aspen Institute in Colorado he has received death threats stemming from his immigration proposals.

"I have never seen an issue that has inflamed the passions of the American people the way the issue of immigration reform has," the Republican senator from Arizona said. Not even the war in Iraq has done that, he commented. "We have never received death threats before like I received."

Read the full Opinion by José de la Isla in the Arizona Daily Star

Guatemalan woman's body recovered in Huachuca Mountains

Cochise County sheriff's deputies found the body of a female illegal border crosser Wednesday south of Sierra Vista in the Huachuca Mountains.

At about 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Border Patrol called the Cochise County Sheriff's Office and told them that a man who was apprehended along with a group of illegal entrants said his niece had died the night before, said Carol Capas, Cochise County sheriff's spokeswoman.

Read the full article By Brady McCombs in the ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Border agents find entrant's body

Border Patrol agents recovered the body of an illegal border crosser near Sasabe, stopped an RV with 54 illegal entrants inside near Sonoita, and found 72 people inside two stash houses in Nogales — all on Sunday.

The body was found at dawn Sunday near Sasabe, said Richard DeWitt, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. About midnight Saturday, two illegal entrants who were arrested three miles north of the border, east of Arizona 286, told agents that they'd left behind a man who was convulsing, he said. They said he had taken some kind of medication.

BORSTAR agents, the agency's search, trauma and rescue unit, began a search with the aid of an agency helicopter, DeWitt said. At 3:45 a.m, they found the body of an adult man. His travel companions said they were all from Chiapas, Mexico.

This was at least the fifth body recovered in August by the Border Patrol. The agency recovered 154 bodies of illegal border crossers in the Tucson Sector from Oct. 1 through July 31, compared with 150 during the same time in 2006 and 186 through the same time in 2005.

Read the full article by Brady McCombs in the Arizona Daily Star

America is still the land of opportunity for immigrants

A roughly 70-mile expanse of desert, where rattlesnakes blend in with the rocks and Border Patrol trucks rumble by, ready to snare trespassers, stood between "Santiago" and his dream of a better life.

By age 16, he knew the small, Mexican town where he grew up had no jobs for him, and visas to work in the United States were scarce.

As a child, Santiago says he and his siblings lived with their grandmother because their parents couldn't afford a home. By the time he reached fifth grade, Santiago, who'd always been a good student, began missing classes regularly to work in the fields, earning what he could to help his family. He fell behind in his studies and dropped out to start working fulltime.

Read the full article by Christina Killion Valdez in the Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

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