Green Valley, Arizona is just 40 miles from the border. Today, migrants escaping high unemployment and poverty in Mexico and Central America slip north - mostly on foot - across that border, desperate to find work and new lives. Powered by hope, generally uninformed, they walk toward great hardship and often death.
In the spring of 2005 a loose coalition of Green Valley area men and women came together to give humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. Mainly retired professionals of varying backgrounds and beliefs, they called themselves the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans.
We are your friends and neighbors. We believe that providing aid to another human being in distress is a fundamental human value, and that there should be no more deaths in our desert. We look forward to the day when our assistance is not needed.
Immigration issues are huge and complex. They are not likely to be resolved soon.
Meanwhile, a record high number of 253 remains of undocumented migrants were recovered in the Tucson Border Patrol sector between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010. The total of recovered remains in this region over the past ten years is 2,104.
To save lives in the Southern Arizona Desert.