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Migrants entering the country illegally need water. This guy is leaving it out for them.


Eddie Canales, who runs the South Texas Human Rights Center, manages a network of barrels that store water bottles in Southern Texas. The water is left out for migrants traveling North through the sweltering scrub-brush desert, which can be found on both sides of the Mexican border. Canales maintains that immigration is a human rights issue; providing migrants with life-saving water is a moral imperative.

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Canales manages more than 100 water stations. He checks on the stations regularly to make sure each still has water.

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Another goal of the water project is to make sure migrants have access to emergency services in life or death situations.

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Many residents don't approve of Canales' efforts. Ranchers who have dealt with years of destroyed property and dangerous encounters with migrants contend that leaving out water only encourages migrants, therefore perpetuating illegal immigration.

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