Families of 11 dead illegals to sue U.S.

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  1. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    May 11, 2002

    Families of 11 dead illegals to sue U.S.
    By Steve Miller

    The families of 11 immigrants who died illegally crossing into Arizona from Mexico have filed a $41 million claim against two federal agencies, saying the government's refusal to put water out in the desert contributed to the migrants' deaths. Top Stories
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    The action filed against the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks for $3.75 million for each of the deceased, whose bodies were found last year in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge between Tucson and Yuma.
    Attorneys for survivors of the deceased said that U.S. Border Patrol policies had shut down more populous portions of the Arizona border and forced illegal aliens to enter through more remote areas.
    "What these agencies knew — or should have known — is that by doing this, and with a history of deaths in the desert, these people would cross in these dangerous areas," said A. James Clark, one of the two Yuma lawyers filing the claim. "It would have cost the government nothing to put water stations in, as it had done in other locations."
    The claim says the agencies rejected a request made shortly before the deaths by the Tucson humanitarian group Humane Borders to place 60-gallon water stations in the refuge, as it has done in other parts of the desert.
    "The agency was on notice that death or serious injury would likely occur," the claim states. "The denial of the agency was based upon concern over animal habitat, which outweighed human life. This decision ran contrary to the stated mission objective of the agency, which is to protect human life on its property."
    The claim, which must show the existence of injury and ask for damages, is the first step to a lawsuit under federal law. If unanswered within 180 days, the claim can then become a lawsuit.
    A spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque, N.M., which oversees the refuge, acknowledged that his agency received the request for water stations last year.
    "But of those places they requested to place water stations, none of them would have helped the poor people who perished there," said spokesman Tom Bauer. "In fact, the closest proposed water area for a water station was 12 miles and two mountain ranges away from where the migrants were found dead."
    He added that the smugglers who were leading illegal immigrants through the more remote areas were "duping" their clients.
    Several unmarked watering holes established by the government, supplied by 10,000-gallon tanks, are placed around the refuge, part of an effort to maintain the Sonoran pronghorn antelope, an endangered species.
    "It is criminal that these smugglers are taking people on to that range," said Mr. Bauer, who added that 30-foot poles have been erected at some of the water holes on the refuge.
    "The water has been out there for several years," Mr. Bauer. "Our idea is to mark where the water holes are as a humane gesture."
    Fourteen persons died in May 2001 when smugglers led the immigrants into an area of the refuge known as the "Devil's Path" near the Mexican border.
    The refuge is an 860,000-acre expanse with the closest major highway — Interstate 8 — 300 miles north of the border. Cabeza Prieta abuts a military range and offers little shade. Signs warn visitors that ground temperatures in summer can exceed 130 degrees.
    In the past three years, the Immigration and Naturalization Service estimates that more than 1,000 migrants have died of various causes trying to cross into the United States.
    One of the smugglers for the deceased named in the claim, Jose Lopez-Ramos, received a 16-year sentence for his role in the deaths earlier this year.
    Lopez-Ramos was one of three guides working for a smuggling ring that led a group of about 30 illegal immigrants from Sonoita, Mexico, into the United States on May 19.
    Each immigrant paid the smugglers $1,400 for the illegal crossing. They were told the trip would take two days and that they would walk at night to avoid detection and the searing desert sun.
    The group got lost and ran out of water during the second day, Lopez-Ramos told authorities. One guide and three immigrants turned back and returned to Mexico.
  2. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    I guess the Mexicans won't be happy untill we put up a minefield, barbeb wire and automated machine guns to secure our border.

  3. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Well key word anyone.....


    Sorry they died, but c'mon they can't sue if they are illegal, and the case stand up, too many liberals in the world
  4. Chris,

    I hate to say it illegal has nothing to do with this case.

    The Arizona Supreme Court (as upheld by the Supreme Court) has already decided that anyone that reaches Arizona soil (any US soil in some cases...including CA) are entitled to basic amenities, to include water.

    But it's nothing compared to California law that says they are entitled to health care before a US citizen.

    I doubt if the law suit will prevail but it sure as heck wouldn't surprise me.

    Criminy, we dealt with the INS and when we found an illegal, and if they were not committing a felony the INS would tell us to turn them loose. We, of course, had no jurisdiction to hold them after that.
  5. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for pointing that out...that in one word.....


    But its like the illegal immigrants who were killed in WTC, Cinton wanted to pay them....

    This really bothers me, that an illegal alien gets more rights, and gets them faster than a normal citizen....

    Thanks again for the info Dale
  6. The poor Border Patrol, they good beat up for not making the borders secure enough then when they close all of the easy Illegal crossing points they get sued for forcing people to Illegally cross at the difficult points that don't have water stations.....Is it just me or did I not see the word Illegal.

    SPOCAHP ANAR G&G Enthusiast

    Still not fair.

    Dale noone denied these illegals such basic amenities as water. I am sure if someone was there they would have gotten the water. We cannot be held responsible for people's poor decisions.

    We have a right to medical care in this country - should I then be allowed to sue if there is no doctor's office in the woods when I go hiking?
  8. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Enthusiast

    It figures- you can sue for something this stupid, but you can't sue the police for not responding in time to a murder/rape in progress. Does anyone else see where this is heading?
  9. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Sounds like they should be suing the CRIMINALS who were in charge of smuggling the ILLEGALS into the country. Nah, that makes way too much sense.
  10. When I posted my reply late last night I was quite tired and upon reading this morning I realize it may appear that I was showing empathy towards the situation.

    I don't condone illegals coming across our borders. And, honestly, if they choose to do so here in the desert areas of Arizona then they take their chances.

    The Border Patrol and INS have their work cut out for them. They are two departments that are under staffed and many of the Border Patrol Officers are in daily peril when patroling the borders.

    My comment about water and the Arizona and US Supreme Courts was just to point out that the judicial system is sadly slowly sliding more to the left.

    I remember some time back Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wanted to sue the Mexican Government, particularly Vincente Fox, to recoupe the cost of housing and feeding the many illegal aliens that end up in his jails and the jails of other counties and states that are becoming clogged with illegal aliens. This idea met a swift death when he was told to back off because it would hamper national attempts to foster a better relationship with Mexico. BS!

    So, please, don't misconstrue my earlier remarks as being empathetic, or even sympathetic, to those who want to visit our great country by doing it illegally.

    It might also be interesting to note that Arizona does have permanent, and announced, water stations throughout the southern portions of Arizona as the result of the Arizona and US Supreme Court rulings. It wasn't too long ago the leftists were complaining that by putting them there is entrapment since the INS and Border Patrol patrol the watering areas frequently.

    ****ed if you do....****ed if you don't.

  11. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    This is one that really irks me and I don't want you guys to think I am not empithetic but they got what they deserved. many times I have stated that we should train our military snipers on the border. The training would use live targets as they cross the border illegally. Yes Many of you will say its a bad idea but it definitely would get the word out and reduce the amount of illegal incursions into our fine country.

    I believe the common sense will kick in and show that they had no sense expecting to have water in the middle of a desert
  12. As a former resident of both Texas and Cal. (I don't like to admit the Cal. one) I really don't want to rant and rave on this one but its just another way that the liberals have destroyed this country.
    If it was up to me I would just have some of my good old boy friends and a standing open invetation to anyone thats willing to just pick their time and sit on the border locked and loaded what we call a taco shoot.
    Ok, you can all take your shoots at me for theses coments now.
  13. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

  14. Dan R.

    Dan R. G&G Newbie

    Dale, I remember an earlier subject that you had posted about the county screw'n with you over the water that you get from your own well, the same libs that want to bend you over a barrel want to provide free water for people who don't belong here and are breaking the law!

    Just goes to show that the libs have got thier heads firmly planted up thier a**holes.
  15. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    This kind of fecal matter will continue until we get the right to name the ATTORNEYS in a counter suit for bringing these outrageous frivolous lawsuits to court in the first place. You know "darned" well it was a " gosh darned" ambulance chasing lawyer that talked the Mexicans into pressing this suit.