Saturday, November 24, 2007
In Arizona, federal agents arrested an border crosser who cared for a 9-year-old boy found wandering alone after his mother died in a canyon crash in southern Arizona. The boy was looking for help after his mother crashed her van off a cliff on Thanksgiving Day. Sheriff Tony Estrada told reporters that the mother had been in an accident and that her son, who was unhurt but disoriented, crawled out to get help and was found about two hours later by Jesus Manuel Cordova, 26. Unable to pull the mother out, Cordova comforted the boy while they waited for help. The woman unfortunately died a short time later. "He stayed with [the boy], told him that everything was going to be all right," Estrada said. 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.
Cordova, meanwhile, was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. He had been trying to walk into the U.S. when he came across the boy. Sheriff 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.