Advocacy Group Who Places Water Near the Border For Illegals Crossing In Angers Sheriff Arpaio (Video)
The group 'No More Deaths' places water near the U.S. Mexico border for illegals who come into the United States. They say they are trying to save lives. Arpaio responds saying it isn't against the law but the group is enticing more illegals to come through
PHOENIX - An advocacy group based in Tucson visited the valley this weekend to spread their message -- No More Deaths -- along the Arizona Mexico border.
No More Deaths is an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering through civil initiatives.
Members believe simple acts like leaving water for illegal immigrants crossing the border saves lives -- but their actions don't sit well with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Tens of thousands of people cross into the United States through Arizona every year.
Because their journey is not a legal one, the conditions they endure for freedom are harsh and often lead to sickness or death.
“Hot – it’s very hot. It’s very difficult terrain. It’s really rugged. There's not a lick of water anywhere,” said Laura Ilardo, a volunteer with No More Deaths.
Ilardo has walked the paths many of these immigrants have, and her mission is to make sure they have water, food, and even medical care.
“They are very grateful. They are very grateful for the water. They are very grateful that we are out there. Many of them are at their last legs … They have been walking for days," she said.
The nonprofit held a fundraiser in Phoenix, and Arpaio said they should concentrate their efforts elsewhere.
“I think they should be raising money to encourage those that want to cross the border not to cross the border, instead of enticing them by having water,” Arpaio said.
Arpaio knows distributing water isn't against the law, but he is keeping his eyes open for anything that might be.
“However, if I can show there is somewhat of a conspiracy -- that they are hooked up with the coyotes, and they know what’s going on -- that’s a different story,” Arpaio said