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Feds Want to Abet Illegal Aliens

Friday, 25 May 2001 12:00 AM

The Mexican Embassy in Washington said Friday that delegations from both nations would meet in San Antonio, Texas, June 6-8 as part of a high-level working group established earlier by President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox.

"We are committed to ensuring a safe and orderly border, and both governments reaffirm their commitment to spare no effort in combating the trafficking of migrants along the border," the embassy said in a statement. "These deaths highlight the pressing need for our governments to continue their work to reach new agreements on migration and border safety."

The United States increased its efforts to stop illegal aliens in the mid-1990s; however, the stepped-up security around urban areas such as San Diego resulted in a higher number of criminals attempting the more dangerous crossing through remote desert and mountain areas with the help of unscrupulous guides known as "coyotes."

A coyote who was leading a party of Mexicans into Arizona this week allegedly ditched the group and left them to their own devices with only a small amount of water and food. He had reportedly told the group that they were only one mile from the highway while they were actually some 30 miles away.

Mexico has repeatedly called upon the United States to liberalize its entry policies and do more to keep aliens out of harm's way, despite their criminal status. The Border Patrol has in recent years improved its agents' emergency medical training and has focused more resources on monitoring the movement of people in treacherous areas.

The White House said Bush called Fox on Friday to officially express the "deep sadness and condolences" of the United States over the deaths this week in a sun-baked area near San Cristobal Valley nicknamed "El Camino del Diablo," or "The Devil's Path," by illegal aliens.

Border Patrol officials said that a smuggler apparently abandoned a group of 28 Mexicans as they struggled through the rugged terrain in temperatures that topped 110 degrees.

The group was unable to make it to a distant highway, and 14 died before they were found Wednesday by the Border Patrol.

"The presidents reaffirmed the importance of our ongoing efforts on border safety and migration, to ensure that tragic events such as this do not happen again," the White House said in a statement.

The Arizona Republic reported Friday that Mexican authorities had identified the alleged smuggler and were searching for a man who lived in a border village and was nicknamed "El Negro." It was not clear if "El Negro" was the guide who abandoned the illegal aliens.

Roberto Rodriguez, director general of consular affairs and protection for the Mexican Foreign Affairs Office, told the Republic that the smugglers were part of a major ring of human traffickers, and could face extradition to the United States, if arrested.

"The full weight of the law will be applied," Rodriguez promised.

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