In May of 2001, 14 immigrants from Mexico illegally entered the U.S. via the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. All 14 were found dead, succumbing to dehydration.

Now their survivors are suing the U.S. government for $42 million, claiming it didn’t do enough to ensure their survival while they were crossing through this desert area.

One has to hope that this lawsuit doesn’t stand a chance of succeeding, but in our litigious society one just never knows.

Think of the insanity that would be caused if they win. We have laws on the books designed to keep people from entering this country illegally. While trying to enforce that law, our government would also be obliged to provide people the means to break that law!


Don Stickney, Auburn

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