February 4, 2024

"Their recent mission was simple, but strenuous: hike several miles into the mountains near the border, and leave supplies in well-traveled areas..."

"... where a migrant in need would easily be able to spot them. Plastic bags of food and clothing were positioned in little piles along the informal route, dated and adorned with short messages from the volunteers: 'Con mucho amor' and 'Buena suerte.' The border wall, which in California is sometimes made up of towering steel slats, and then tapers out entirely when the rugged landscape becomes a natural barrier, was a felt but unseen presence in the distance. As the volunteers climbed higher into the mountains and closer to the border, hoisting themselves up rock faces and scrambling down scrubby hills, they spotted many signs of life, including weathered shirts and hats, empty water bottles and wrappers from Mexican-brand candy...."

From "The fight to save lives in the treacherous California desert: ‘A broken ankle is a death sentence’/Hundreds of migrants die during southern border crossings each year. Volunteers are hiking for miles to support them" (The Guardian).

49 comments:

Mr Wibble said...

These volunteers are the enemy, and should be thrown into prison.

Mary Beth said...

What I'm reading is that everyone is littering up the landscape.

Big Mike said...

As the volunteers climbed higher into the mountains and closer to the border, hoisting themselves up rock faces and scrambling down scrubby hills, they spotted many signs of life, including weathered shirts and hats, empty water bottles and wrappers from Mexican-brand candy....

Did the volunteers think to clean up the weathered shirts, empty water bottles, and other litter? Or does their virtue signaling not extend quite that far?

tim in vermont said...

So we have an admission that hundreds die due to this flashing welcome sign Biden has put up, now can we talk about human trafficking? There was a lady during the Trump Administration who was working on the issue of human trafficking, but she allowed how for political reasons, she had to rein in some of her work, because it could be used by Trump to justify the wall.

Leland said...

They could always tell them to stay home and then give them an airline ticket, and then let them through the border control process that way.

BUMBLE BEE said...

America the Landfill... I recall reading about trash pileup described in metric tons 7 or 8 years ago. Hasn't changed. Environmentalists - SHUT UP!

https://twitter.com/BillMelugin_/status/1656648522068795394

https://dnyuz.com/2023/08/10/america-the-landfill-exclusive-video-shows-heaps-of-trash-pills-strewn-across-southern-border-by-migrants/

https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1491549175745585157

https://cis.org/sites/default/files/2018-09/matt-figure-9-19.jpg

cassandra lite said...

I've lived in California the vast majority of my now long life, and in every way imaginable the influx of "migrants" into the state over the last decades has been destructive to what was once the golden state.

There's not a single aspect of life, besides finding a gardener, that hasn't declined alarmingly. What's happened in the legislature, where the real damage is done, is an absolute reflection of this invasion, and it is definitely an invasion.

Literally the only thing keeping most of us here is the unbeatable weather.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Weathered... litter persists.
Purple Mountains' Majesty?

mikee said...

The DNR still gets upset when suburbanites feed local raccoons dog food. I suggest Homeland Security adopt the DNR approach of citing and fining those engaged in setting out these baits for illegal immigrants.

Jupiter said...

The Constitution provides a clear and concise definition of what constitutes treason against the United States of America.

Narr said...

Sounds like aiding and abetting to me, but IANALOD.

Tom T. said...

In the long run, the volunteers are going to raise the number of dead.

Also, when one of those volunteers breaks an ankle, someone else is going to have to risk his life to come get them.

Joe Biden Is Corrupt said...

Biden said:

Abuse our Asylum laws and surge the border.

soros and other dark money shipped them all to the border.

Dave Begley said...

This is completely idiotic.

MikeD said...

Volunteers being an euphemism for human trafficker/smuggler!

tim maguire said...

I wonder how many people died because they attempted a trip they would not have but for having heard stories about “volunteers” who put food on their route.

Justin_O_Guy said...

Another group of volunteers to remove or destroy the cache would be good.

n.n said...

Catastrophic Anthropogenic Immigration Reform (CAIR) in lieu of emigration reform to mitigate progress at both ends of the bridge and throughout. The motives for CAIR are diverse, including: DEI (e.g. racism), shared/shifted responsibility, labor arbitrage, democratic gerrymandering, taxation, and liberal compensation (e.g. dysfunctional lifestyles, abortion).

Kirk Parker said...

Tom T.,

"... someone else is going to have to risk his life to come get them."

Really? Let's let it be someone from the immivaders they are aiding and giving comfort to, then.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

These fucking do-gooders oughta be shot out of a fucking cannon into Mexico. Aiding and abetting criminals is what these vain, selfish assholes are doing, period.

Christopher B said...

I see several people have said but it deserves saying again, louder for those across the border.

Establishing an orderly process for immigration or legal migratory status (which DOES NOT mean amnesty for anybody who already crossed illegally) and sticking to it would probably save hundreds if not thousands of lives.

boatbuilder said...

Do you know what else happens to many female migrants? They get raped.

To point this out makes one a racist, unless one is in favor of allowing more women to "migrate", at the very high risk of rape.

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

Pro tip: To save migrants lives, tell them to stay home.

retail lawyer said...

Maybe they are luring people to die with supplies that may or may not be there.

Gospace said...

Wanna save their lives? Enforce the border.

Ice Nine said...

I wonder if any of these criminal "migrants" gave the do-gooders the double finger?

Aggie said...

IF ILLEGAL MIGRATION IS DANGEROUS THEN MAYBE THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT !!!!!

gilbar said...

ever read up, on through hiking? ( the Appalachian Trail? The Pacific Crest Trail? The CDT?)
Through Hikers ALWAYS find little gifts, "trail magic", left by "trail angels" ..
Cold Cans Sodas sitting in a stream ford.. Candy bars hanging from trees*

gilbar figures that The Main Reasons for Trail Magic are because:
a) the person wants to be vicariously involved in the hike (i'm fat and lazy, but i can put out candy)
b) the person fully supports the hikers, and Wants More and More (and More (and More)) hikers
Seems like the exact same motivations are here too..

Candy bars hanging from trees* which Also show up as native american great spirit offerings..
Important to know which candy bars are for YOU, and which are for the great spirit

n.n said...

Do you know what else happens to many female migrants? They get raped

California is a sanctuary state.

Mason G said...

"Sheer desert mountains give way to narrow canyons of rock and sand. With few trails or paths in some areas, each step means navigating loose boulders and thorny vegetation; rattlesnakes and tarantulas can lurk just out of sight. In the summer months, temperatures can exceed 120F (49C), some of the hottest on Earth. This time of year, temperatures can plunge below freezing, with searing winds and the occasional snowfall."

All this, to get to the racist hellhole that is the United States.

Or so I'm told.

Old and slow said...

I am totally opposed to our ridiculous open border. We need to get it under control. However, I can't get all worked up with indignation over some well meaning ladies trying to save lives. It's not their fault that the border is a sieve, no matter what their political inclinations might be.

Owen said...

Hundreds die each year in these rugged hills?

Volenti non fit injuria.

Night Owl said...

The road to hell is going to be littered with good intentions.

Patrick Henry was right! said...

How can they be volunteers when they are being paid???? Get your facts right!

Jamie said...

Do you know what else happens to many female migrants? They get raped.

Apparently this is a small price to pay for the chance to leave their unsullied anticapitalist native land where people live in harmony with one another and the seasons and all, to live in... a... racist patriarchal hellhole...? Wait.

Apparently this is their... choice... as strong, empowered indigenous womyn of color...?

Uh...

Apparently this is something only chinless bigots like Trump would get exercised about...?

Look over there! A snowstorm or dust devil or something!

wendybar said...

So they are smuggling in illegal invaders. This country...is upside down. They should be forced to shelter and support them for the rest of their lives...with NO help from the tax payers. Ask the Bidens to help you. They have multi millions

n.n said...

For those who care, immigration reform should be addressed in Mexico, and native nations, before it progresses to a CAIR state that threatens human lives at both ends of the bridge and throughout.

NotWhoIUsedtoBe said...

Yes, feed the coyotes.

Both kinds.

Mason G said...

"Their recent mission was simple, but strenuous: hike several miles into the mountains near the border, and leave supplies in well-traveled areas where a migrant in need would easily be able to spot them."

I'm sure the "migrants" who aren't in need who found that stuff would just leave it for those less fortunate.

Probably.

Sebastian said...

"Volunteers are hiking for miles to support them"

Why are they not arrested?

Jim at said...

"None of this would be happening if Republicans simply passed a law." - Rich

n.n said...

None of this would have happened if we addressed the diverse forcings (e.g. diversity) of immigration reform in the native nations. If we had foregone Green technology through environmental arbitrage. If we had resolved single/central/monopolistic solutions (e.g. Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacares) that are primary forcings of multi-trillion dollar deficits and progressive prices. If we had sought peace instead of Spring.

n.n said...

Send them to Martha's Vineyard, where the waters are not rising, the plains are green, they can dream, and be deported with virtuous indignation.

glacial erratic said...

How is this not treason?

Rusty said...

Jim at said...
"None of this would be happening if Republicans simply passed a law." - Rich

He is a wonder isn't he?

Tina Trent said...

Then don't go.

Kirk Parker said...

Rusty,

As in: it's a wonder how a single person can dispense so much BS on a continuous basis?

Kirk Parker said...

glacial erratic,

Absolutely, it is.

Tina Trent said...

When they infiltrate and desecrate your front yard, and Meade feels the need to buy a gun to defend you .. Get back to the rest of us living in southern states.

Capice?