Saturday, November 24, 2007

Illegal Saves Boy

CNN reports that a Mexican man illegally crossing the border saved the life a 9-year old boy whose mother recently had died in a car crash.

Jesus Manuel Cordova, 26, of northern Mexico found the boy "looking for help after his mom crashed her van off a cliff south of Arivaca on Thanksgiving Day." Cordova went to the accident site but was unable to pull the mother out of the wreckage; she died shortly afterwards.

Sheriff Tony Estrado told reporters that Cordova remained with the boy and told him that everything was going to be all right."

As temperatures dropped, he gave him a jacket, built a bonfire and stayed with him until about 8 a.m. Friday, when a group of hunters passed by and called authorities, Estrada said.
The poor boy apparently had lost his father only months earlier; the mother and son team had been camping in rural Arizona when the mom lost control of her vehicle.

For his charitable efforts, Cordova was promptly arrested by Border Patrol agents who arrived at the scene. The sheriff, however, gave Cordova his due.

Estrada said Cordova likely saved the boy and his actions should remind people not to quickly characterize all illegal immigrants as criminals.

"They do get demonized for a lot of reasons and they do a lot of good. Obviously this is one example of what an individual can do," he said.

Hmmm, let's see if Lou Dobbs blathers-on about this story on Monday night -- but hold onto your last gasp of Dobbs hot air. In the meantime, Howling Latina thinks CBS features the best headline as follows: "Illegal Immigrant Is Boy's Guardian Angel."

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