Frequently Asked Questions about Samaritans

WHAT IS “AJO SAMARITANS”?
Samaritans are people of faith and conscience who are responding directly, practically, and passionately to the crisis at the US/ Mexico border.  We are a diverse group of volunteers around Ajo that are united in our desire to relieve suffering among our brothers and sisters and to honor  human dignity. Prompted by the mounting deaths among border crossers, we came together to provide food and water, and emergency medical assistance to people crossing the Sonoran Desert.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES SAMARITANS DO?
We travel the desert, normally on a weekly basis, continuing the ancient Southwest tradition of hospitality to travelers. We do water drops in the Ajo region. We use our personal vehicle to carry water, food, emergency medical supplies, communication equipment, maps, and individual traveler-packs containing items necessary to survive in the desert.

ISN’T IT ILLEGAL?
No. Samaritans is an entirely overt organization committed to a protocol of aid that Border Patrol is aware of.  We have enjoyed cooperative relations with the agents in the field.  We do water drops only in areas that are open to us, never trespassing onto private land.

REMEMBER: IT IS NEVER ILLEGAL TO PROVIDE WATER, FOOD & MEDICAL ASSISTANCE  TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING IN  DISTRESS.

(Adapted from http://www.tucsonsamaritans.org/about-samaritans.html)

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Author: caitmariea

I am a college senior at Albion College and will be studying abroad at the University College Cork in the Fall.

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