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What if they gave a fire, and nobody came?

27 October 2007

Maggie Drake, an “old radical surfer from the 60’s” living in Baja Caifornia Norte mentions that this is the SECOND time in the last few years that Mexican emergency service workers have been dispatched to the United States.

From the New York Times (via Suburban Guerrilla) comes word of our funny way of saying “thank you”…

Terri Trujillo, who helps the immigrants, checked on those in the canyons, urging them to leave, too, when she left her house in Rancho Peñasquitos ahead of the fires.

Ms. Trujillo and others who help the immigrants said they saw several out in the fields as the fires approached and ash fell on them. She said many were afraid to lose their jobs.

“There were Mercedeses and Jaguars pulling out, people evacuating, and the migrants were still working,” said Enrique Morones, who takes food and blankets to the immigrants’ camps. “It’s outrageous.”

Some of the illegal workers who sought help from the authorities were arrested and deported. Opponents of illegal immigration, including civilian border watch groups, seized on news that immigrants had been detained at the Qualcomm Stadium evacuation center as evidence of trouble that illegal immigrants cause.

The Border Patrol also arrested scores of illegal immigrants made visible by the fires. Agent Fisher of the Border Patrol said 100 had been arrested since the fires started Sunday.

That fire, by the way, is no respecter of border… The Unapologetic Mexican unearthed this tidbit on Tijuana’s support for neighboring San Diego…

TIJUANA, Mexico: About 60 Mexican firefighters crossed the border to help fight the California wildfires — then returned home as a separate blaze roared up on the Mexican side.

About 30 firefighters each from the Mexican cities of Tijuana and Tecate headed north Sunday when the wildfires started in San Diego County, said Capt. Marco Antonio Garambullo, Tecate’s Fire Department director. One of the California blazes burned more than 200 buildings just north of Tecate.

The Mexican firefighters returned home on Monday, however, as flames kicked up south of the border as well, Garambullo said.

“If we didn’t have so much work, we would be over there helping them,” Garambullo said, adding that soldiers had joined the firefighters battling the blaze near Tecate, Mexico, which scorched hills and consumed four cabins of the “Rancho La Puerta,” a luxury spa popular with San Diego tourists.

We can’t all four cabins of a “luxury spa popular with San Diego tourists” to go up in flames, now can we. As to migrant workers… oh well…

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