Menu
Home

Immigration

Sheriff says crosses to be placed in Arizona desert where bodies found

arpaiojoedesertap.jpg

May 10, 2012: A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against him.AP

Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Thursday that his deputies will begin placing white crosses near the sites where authorities find bodies of immigrants who are dying in the desert after crossing the border from Mexico.

The sheriff stood amid about a dozen crosses to announce an effort that he said would serve as a reminder of just how dangerous the journey is from Mexico through the rugged desert of southern Arizona.

He said four bodies have been found in the last four days near Gila Bend after succumbing to the scorching desert heat. Two others were rescued this week.

Each cross also will be numbered and assigned GPS coordinates to aid his deputies in rescuing people who find themselves in distress in the area and can call for help, the sheriff said.

"If we have to do 1,000 of these, or 5,000, we'll do it," said Arpaio, who became a prominent national figure in the immigration debate in recent years.

Arpaio's county does not run along the border, but some areas of his jurisdiction are heavily trafficked smuggling routes.

The U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector located 177 bodies in the last fiscal year. Immigrants frequently walk up to a week in debilitating heat, often with enough bottled water and canned tuna to last only days.

Arpaio, who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's border security efforts, also wants the federal government to pay the costs his office incurs for body recoveries and rescues.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.28% -- 4.28%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.26% up 3.17%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.53% dw 4.55%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.43% dw 3.51%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.56% dw 3.57%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.36% up 4.34%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.06% -- 4.06%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.07% up 5.04%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.51% up 4.50%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.51% up 4.50%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.92% -- 2.92%  
36 M Used Graph 3.46% up 3.43%  
48 M New Graph 3.21% up 3.18%  
48 M Used Graph 2.98% up 2.92%  
60 M New Graph 3.23% up 3.18%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.35% up 0.34%  
1 yr Graph 0.66% -- 0.66%  
5 yr Graph 1.35% up 1.34%