Marizco, Michael
May 2006
High Country News;5/15/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p8
The article focuses on a human torrent faced by the wildlife officers at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge covers a vast expanse of Arizona desert, which shares 56 miles of its border with Mexico. John Schaefer, a wildlife officer at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, spends most of his time assisting Border Patrol agents, rescuing immigrants who have lost their way in the scorching heat, or contending with armed drug smugglers. Cabeza Prieta and the neighboring Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and Organ Pipe National Monument have become major highways for undocumented immigrants flocking to jobs in the United States. According to the Cabeza Prieta Refuge Manager Roger Di Rosa, around 1000 of illegal crossers, cross the eastern portion of the Refuge alone. For, immigrants, journey across the Cabeza Prieta Refuge is a deadly one. The valleys in the refuge concentrate the intense heat, with temperature going upto 175 degrees even.


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