Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas on June 20, 2016 · 5
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Valley Morning Star from Harlingen, Texas · 5

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Human rights center adds water stations as migrant deaths rise By KRISTIAN HERNANDEZ Staff Writer NEAR FALFURRIAS — The sun blazed Tuesday afternoon as Eddie Canales and Anna Ibarra of the South Texas Human Rights Center took turns striking a three-foot metal rod into the ground with a sledge hammer for the first of 12 new water stations. “Today is important for us because this is the first time we are allowed to set these stations up in this particular ranch,” said Canales, who allowed The Monitor to ride along with him on the condition the name of the ranch was not disclosed. As the heat index climbed to over 110 degrees, Canales, 68, and Ibarra, 23, stood on the sandy soil of the ranch, w hich sits next to the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, and where hundreds of migrants have died trying to avoid detection. So far this fiscal year (Oct. 1 to June 14), 35 migrant bodies or remains have been recovered in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, surpassing the 32 bodies at the same time last year, according Doyle A midon, patrol agent in charge at the Falfurrias station. Since the launch of the South Texas Human Rights Center in 2013, Canales has installed 98 w ater stations throughout Brooks, Jim Hogg and Hebbronville counties, including the 12 he set up Tuesday. The stations are made up of a blue 55-gallon plastic drum with the w ords “Agua” spray painted on the side. Under the lid Ibarra w rote the geographical coordinates of each station along with the phone number for the South Texas Human Rights Center, so migrants in distress who might be lost can call and be located faster. A small white flag with a red cross stitched on it flies some 20 feet over the barrels or near the barrels to direct migrants to the gallons of water Canales and Ibarra place inside. Every day Canales drives out to different stations measuring the consumption of water by migrants and tracking the effectiveness of each barrel. Last summer they were distributing about 300 gallons of water each month. This year he expects the number to go up. “We want to make sure the station is being used. If not, we take it down and put it somewhere else,” Canales said. “This year it’s going to be hotter and we have more stations, so we expect our numbers to increase.” He works closely with Border Patrol and the South Texans’ Property Rights Association, which represents more than 600 landowners in South Texas. Despite widespread support by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office and human rights advocates, there are still many who oppose what Canales is doing. Last month, 14 of the stations on Farm-to-Market Road 3066 were stolen. Canales said all the missing stations were on county rights of way and had been placed there with the county’s permission. As he drove around the thousands of acres of ranchland Tuesday, Canales received a voicemail from a Hebbronville landowner who was demanding he pay for recent damage done to her home. “In 14 years that I’ve owned my property, I’ve never had any illegal immigrant do the damage that has been done since your water barrel has been put at that intersection,” said the unidentified woman, who lives near the intersection of Highways 285 and 258. “It is also my understanding from the Border Patrol that they cannot patrol that area near that barrel, which further makes some of us ranch owners in the Hebbronville, Brooks, and Jim Hogg area, which is very heavily traveled, very pissed off. You want the bill for my broken windows and the damage to my house? You need to move that barrel,” the woman yelled at Canales. Canales said some ranch owners worry that by allowing these water stations on their lands they are somehow aiding and abiding illegal cross- ers. But, he said, calls like the one Tuesday are not common. “This is a humanitarian effort,” Canales said. “Our main concern is to save lives and there is no deal with Border patrol about patrolling these barrels.” Canales relies on volunteers to make weekly rounds to refill the barrels and on donations to purchase water and supplies to continue his work. khernandez@themonitor.com S TAFF PHOTO Eddie Canales of the South Texas Human Rights Center constructs a water station. Police say man tried to burn down home with children inside By DANYA PEREZ-HERNANDEZ Staff Writer ALAMO — A man was arrested after attempting to light his house on fire w ith his children inside and threatening to shoot his wife outside the residence, according to police. Police responded to a call June 6 at about 4 a.m. of an armed man attempting to burn down a house in the 300 block of Austin Avenue. According to the criminal complaint, the officers found 22-year-old Arnoldo De Leon Varela outside the home and detected a strong gasoline odor in the area. Varela’s wife, Amanda Sanchez, had sought safety at a neighbor’s house, w here she called police and said she had been assaulted by Varela but didn’t wish to press charges at first. She later agreed to press charges and told investigators Varela woke her up asking for money to buy drugs and assaulted her when she refused, according to a criminal complaint. Sanchez said she ran outside the home to attempt to call the cops, and he followed her with the rifle threatening to shoot her, the complaint states. Sanchez hid behind a tree, and saw Varela dowsing the outside of the home with gasoline and yelling he was going to burn it down, according to the complaint. Her children — ages 5, 3, and 1 — were still inside the home, she said. “Ms. Sanchez claimed that she felt she was going to be shot or her home was going to be burn down with her children inside,” states the complaint. Police arrived shortly after and arrested Varela, who is now facing charges of attempted arson, assault, child endangerment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released the following day on a $175,000 personal recognizance bond. Varela could face up to 99 years in prison if found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. dperez-hernandez@themonitor.com To report a missing person or to inquire about donating or volunteering at the center, you can call 361-325-2555 or email: ECSouthTexasHumanRights@ gmail.com. TO HELP OUT

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