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OUR MISSION:  To save human lives in the Southern Arizona Desert.


                                              Who are we? 

We are your friends and neighbors. We believe that providing aid to another human being in distress is a fundamental human value, and that there should be no more deaths in our desert. We look forward to the day when our assistance is not needed.

Green Valley, Arizona is just 40 miles from the border, in 1853 Gadsden Purchase country.  At the border, Nogales, Arizona faces Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, but Ambos
bothNogales are very different. Just like their countries.

Today, migrants escaping high unemployment in Mexico and Central America slip north
mostly on footacross that border, desperate to find work and new lives. Powered by hope, generally uninformed, they walk toward great hardship and often death.
Three years ago, a loose coalition of Green Valley men and women came together to give humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. Mainly retired professionals of varying backgrounds and beliefs, they called themselves the Green Valley Samaritans, following the example of the Tucson Samaritans.


                                   Why is our work necessary?

Our country's need for workers, coupled with high unemployment in Mexico and Central America, has encouraged many "economic migrants" to enter the United States illegally in order to support their families.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, our country depends on migrants for about 5% of our workforce. Though this figure may not seem high, the work is concentrated in certain regions and industries that would be devastated without such workers.   The U.S. Border Patrol reports that these workers make up 90% of illegal entrants into our country. Among the entrants are more women and children, risking their lives by traveling north to join their families and look for work.

Current Border Patrol expansion, supplemented by the U.S. National Guard, has had the effect of driving migrants farther into remote desert areas, increasing the risk of death.

Immigration issues are huge and complex. They are not likely to be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the death rate increases, averaging more than 20 per month in 2007, well ahead of last year.