Saturday, August 21, 2004

Ok, paper drive I can understand. . .

. . .but, water drive?

So, I was enjoying my quiet day at work. The only story I'd shot before lunch was about a water drive. Yeah, I didn't understand it either until it was explained.

Illegal immigrants who try to cross the desert are dying from lack of water. In an effort to save lives, water is being collected and placed in locations where the illegal immigrants can find it. To me, it feels like this is helping people to break the law. . .



. . .but when you see the faces of the people who might die without the water, it becomes less an issue of law and more an issue of conscience.



I'll let the politicians figure out what can be done. I don't have much hope that the immigration issue is going to be solved any time soon. There's too many votes to be gained or lost at election time to actually solve the problem. In the meantime, if saving even one innocent life is the result of the water drive, I got no problem with that.


Plus, I don't even know if this story ran last night. If I had to guess, I'd say, it didn't. We had that high-speed pursuit thing going on for a good part of the evening.

17 comments:

Grace said...

There's too many votes to be gained or lost at election time to actually solve the problem.

WOW that says it ahhhhhright mmmmhmmmm- nail hit on head- gotta go work- keep up the good

beFrank said...

Wow- That was a quick response. I didn't even have time to put a clever title on the post.

I wish I knew someone who could explain the issue more fully. I think my impression probably over-simplifies what is really too complex of an issue to point the finger at our elected officials. I've gotten the "politically correct" explanation, but I know there's a straight answer out there. People might just not want to hear it.

imara said...

When you mentioned that you didn't know if this story even ran, that made me think.

When we see news cameras covering stories, it doesn't necessarily mean that those stories are going to reach the news? So they literally can send a crew to have "coverage" but never even run a story?

Seems fishy to me. Who decides which stories will be run, and which will not? Do you know beforehand (because it's almost like a waste of time on your end, right?)

Just curious!!

Lisa said...

I think it's sad that parents will put their children in that kind of danger. Maybe they don't realize there is a danger... or they are so desperate to get across the border that they are willing to risk it. Why is that?

beFrank said...

imara- The story wasn't killed, it ran in the 11pm newscast. In this case, I don't know if the larger issues were considered. When I was sent out on it, I got the impression it was more of a disaster relief effort. It didn't occur to me that there was anything more that could have been said about it until I started to blog it this morning. There are always a lot of smaller stories that don't air because of breaking news. Sometimes they can be aired later and sometimes they can't.

C. Fish said...

My first comment to your blog, though I do read you regularly.

Someone said something about parents putting their kids in danger this way... I think if you put yourself in their shoes they see it in a couple of ways, the chance for freedom and education and better jobs, or to be poor, starve and stuck in poverty in a country that sometimes seems stuck in another century in social programs etc.

I think they see it as taking a risk to give their kids a better life.

Tough call for anyone to make unless we've been in their shoes.

beFrank said...

Fish,

Thanks for reading and posting.

Yeah, it's a complex issue. I'm sure smarter folks than me have put their minds to it. I'm just looking at the potential for there to be better news coverage. It just seems that our elected officials might want to mention the crime even as they're organizing aid for the criminals. I think from a journalistic view, we have a responsibility to point this out.

I'm late for work. Chow.

Terri said...
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Terri said...

Sorry I didn't know that was so dang long. I just was typing away not paying attention. I tried to delete it but it wouldn't go. I'm very sorry.

planetary said...

I like the idea of a water drive to help people, whether they be immigrants or residents, but I have to comment on a deeper social issue: being American. I've always supported immigration, legal or illegal, to a degree. In the old days, before the fifties, people would come to America to become Americans. Hispanic, Black, Asian, European, even the Irish! It seems now, America is for the "Transported Worker." I will work in this country, live in this country, drive in this country, but not be part of this country. We are becoming a balkanized society as I write this. We only unite, it seems, during disaster. I used to work with what people call "illegals" at a unamed hotel. I heard stories of managers having sex with hotel maids, I saw and heard abuse of staff. If they, I mean illegals, could fight back without the threat of being deported, they would. Whatever race, religion, height, weight, we represent, we are, or should be American and not hyphenated Americans. Give the water, so that they may join us and share in this society and work and drive and vote and live as Americans.

beFrank said...

Teri-

No need to apologize. Feel free to make a long comment if you feel the need. I'd be interested in what you have to say.

That's part of the reason why I do this.

beFrank said...

Who stole my "r"?

beFrank said...

Oops! Here's another comment that found it's way to the front page.

Terri said...

I live in a very agricultural area populated with a majority of immigrants, many illegal. Many of the aliens from Mexico are making the choice to cross the desert in the night, after paying someone every cent they have or have ever had, because they were told they would be picked up on the other side of the border and taken to safety. To a new world. A new life. They discover too late, and often with several young children in tow, that the disgusting excuse for a human (sorry, my own editorial here) who took their money, isn't waiting for them on the "other side." Now they are in the middle of nowhere, dragging their kids, with no ride to rescue them on the other side. Do they turn and go home or go forward? Forward is hope, back is nothing. No water in either direction but wouldn't you rather die from thirst heading towards freedom than turning back to the horror you know? Hopeless. Now broke, failed, fallen.

Unless some good, kind hearted souls put aside what's legal and decide that too many people, including innocent children, have died needlessly because of the greed of some disgusting pig they trusted who ended up taking their life savings and then lied to them and left them in the desert to die.

I have mixed feelings about illegal immigrants. I live in a neighborhood where probably out of 100 homes there are maybe 10 "white" occupied and owned homes. I've heard stories from my neighbor, Vietnamese, of crossing the border in the night, bare feet - one mother with 6 children. Her husband a college professor against communism was murdered. They shot him in the head in front of his kids with a warning to her to change what she believes, or be next. So Mom gets a courage I have nothing in my life to relate to, and one night decides that's it, we're going for freedom. She whispers and motions for her kids to follow her, no questions, no talk, babies who somehow know not to make a cry or sound in the night and if they do are stiffled with a hand; she makes sure they follow her, walking precisely in her footprints because of hidden land mines. They walked only at night for weeks. Kids, cold, hot, wet, sick, tired. Some die on the way. Whatever life they had was so bad it made walking through waist high mud in the dark, carrying her baby over her head, with the threat of constant death, worth it. A life so horrible that every step in the night imagining the next step could blow you and or your children to kingdom come, worth it.

They finally get to a rescue mission who put them on an airplane to Ohio. Why Ohio? Why not I guess. (I thought it was funny when they told me that. I don't know why but it just strikes me as weird that we rescued them from the tropical jungle and dropped them, in the dead of winter, in Ohio!) They arrive in Ohio, in mid-winter, with absolutely nothing. So, the oldest daughter who was 18 then and is now 40, learned English on her own, learned business, opened two donut shops. Worked hard. Three years ago, bought a $350,000. home with three generations and sisters, brothers and their wives and children, all living in one home. It's hard for me to look at that and say you can't have what I have for no other reason than I was fortunate enough to be born here. Luck of the draw I guess.

Yes, I complain. Illegal immigrants here often don't have insurance. (See that big dent in my car? Insurance-less illegal immigrant) Sometimes it pisses me off in my day to day goings, but when I think about what I really know of the sitation I've gotta say, there but for the grace of God. I'm a lucky sucker. I just happened to be born in the right place and fortunately so were my kids.

Elizabeth said...

I'd rather see our elected officials err on the side of compassion in issues like this. But the answer to your question (had it been asked) might have been interesting.

JC714 said...

I think you are absolutely right, by leaving water out in the desert it's helping people to break the law. If we would stop providing the illegal immigrants all the health benifit, free education, free social secuirty, free water, maybe THEN they will stop coming over here illegally. Yeah, I said THEM. It's 'them' against 'us' the way I look at it. America is being invaded by illegal immigrants, and the politicians for whatever reason "especially republicans" cater to Vincente Fox like we are his personal bitch. What a shame.

beFrank said...

You should know that stopping the flow of illegal aliens would hurt the state of California. It's not a problem that could be fixed simply by stopping the practice of allowing people to work in this country illegally.