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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima County officials have approved
another year of funding for a nonprofit organization that maintains
53 remote desert water stations aimed at reducing the number of
The county Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to keep paying $25,000
annually for Humane Borders.
Funding the water stations in the hope of preventing deaths may be
cheaper than not funding them, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry
Taxpayers pick up the costs of search and recovery of every
illegal immigrant who dies in the desert in the county and that
doesn't include about $1,500 the county pays for each autopsy,
according to Huckelberry.
Representatives of Humane Borders say the group doesn't encourage
illegal immigration or help border crossers evade authorities.
Instead, the group has notified authorities when members come
across border crossers in danger of dying of exposure.
"We've gotten a lot of people out of the desert who had no
business going any further," said the Rev. Robin Hoover, who's
president of Humane Borders.
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