Thursday, December 31, 2009

Helping Illegal Immigrants: Moral or Illegal?

"...The immigration debate takes a technological turn with a new cell phone device that helps illegal immigrants crossing the desert into the U.S. find water. The Transborder Immigrant Tool was developed by UC San Diego prof and activist Ricardo Dominguez and UCSD lecturer Brett Stalbaum. Both believe it will save the lives of hundreds of people who die each year during their trek across "Devil's Highway."

Here's how the tool works. The phone, loaded with free GPS software, displays a digital compass that locates water stations installed by John Hunter, founder of the Water Stations project. Stations that are too far will not be displayed. The phone pinpoints "safety sites" -- such as Border Patrol station, a clinic or a church -- and includes poetry written by Amy Carroll to "welcome you to the U.S," said Dominguez. Encrypted to avoid detection by authorities, phones are $30 and should be available by summer..." (Read the entire article)

Is this like giving Kevlar to a bank robber in case SWAT needs to shoot or is that over simplifying the issue?

People seem to forget that one of the many reasons Americans are so strongly opposed to illegal immigration is about the illegal...subject to exorbitant fees, rape trees and a life with no protection once they arrive. Enabling them to cross easier by guiding them to water isn't alleviating any of the aforementioned threats...which makes you think that leading an illegal to water has no practical means in the scheme of things, but to make the GPS creator feel good about himself...

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