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Border Patrol Plans Beacons for Immigrants

July 29, 2001|From Associated Press

TUCSON — The Border Patrol plans to place six beacons in the Arizona desert that would allow illegal immigrants to push a button to send a signal for help.

Border officials have been devising ways to save immigrants since 14 Mexicans died in May trying to cross the desolate desert east of Yuma in temperatures that hit 115 degrees.

Initial plans call for placing six 30-foot metal poles on 3-foot pedestals in the desert. Each pole will have a box mounted with a red button to signal for help.

A reflective metal sign says in English and Spanish, "If you need help, push red button. U.S. Border Patrol will arrive in one hour. Do not leave this location."

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