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Immigrant rights activist to hand out flashlights south of border

The Rev. Robin Hoover displays one of the high-intensity flashlights he plans on handing out to people in Mexico attempting to cross the U.S. border. (Twitter photo/@lfcarrasco)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Immigrant rights advocates set up water stations across the desert and spend days looking for people in distress aimed at stopping deaths as they try to cross illegally into the United States.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the Rev. Robin Hoover, founder of the group Humane Borders, now plans to distribute flashlights.

He plans to work with a local church just across the border in Mexico to pass out the high-powered flashlights to would-be border crossers before they embark on the dangerous journey. The lights are equipped with a powerful beam and a flashing S.O.S. function to call for help.

Hoover said he hopes the plan saves some lives.

In southern Arizona alone, according to the newspaper, the remains of more than 2,200 border crossers have been recovered since 2001.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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