A Mexican government commission will distribute at least 70,000 maps showing highways, rescue beacons and water tanks in the Arizona desert to curb the death toll among illegal immigrants.
The National Human Rights Commission, a government-funded agency with independent powers, denied that the maps would encourage illegal immigration. Officials said they would help guide those in trouble to rescue beacons and areas with cell phone reception. The maps will also show the distance a person can walk in the desert in a single day.
"We are not trying in any way to encourage or promote migration," said Mauricio Farah, one of the commission's national inspectors. "The only thing we are trying to do is warn them of the risks they face and where to get water, so they don't die."
He estimated that 500 Mexicans died trying to cross the border in 2005. Many die in the desert, where summer temperatures soar above 100 degrees, and many drown while trying to cross the Rio Grande.
Funny, I thought the best way in this situation to keep the people alive would be to prevent them from doing the ILLEGAL act that might cause them to die in the first place.
There are two major issues I see that prevent action on the Mexican illegal immigrant problem:
- The economy of the businesses that support the usage of illegal labor. If you combat the root cause, money, things might change. However, can you honestly say that you'd be willing to pay $5 for the formerly $0.99 taco at Taco Bell because the cost of picking the lettuce and tomato rose through the roof? I doubt many Americans, who are comfortable with their cost of living, will be willing to pay the price in dollars out of their own pocket to secure the Southern border. Sometimes it is easier to combat the demand side than the supply side.
- Politicians who want the Latino vote, believe that any immigration reform will mean that they will lose such said vote. Securing their personal power base is more important than securing the border.