La Nueva Frontera: Mercy Mission In The Desert

In the middle of Arizona's Sonoran Desert, the bright-blue flag and the 65-gal. water tank are hard to miss. This is no mirage; it's the work of a small volunteer group called Humane Borders, which last year began to erect emergency watering stations in the desert to help aliens stay alive as they try to enter the U.S. As the Rev. Robin Hoover hauls heavy plastic containers of water from his car, he explains its mission: "We want to take death out of the equation."

The water towers are the product of an uneasy peace between local clergy and the U.S....

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