Agency Report: Humane Borders

A.    Title of agency or organization?

      Humane Borders

B.     Where is home base (city/state/country)?

      Tucson, AZ.  United States

C.   Date founded?

      11 JUN 2001

D.   Names of key spokespersons/officers

            Rev. Robin Hoover. 

E.   What/who is key constituency or audience?

            Christians and Christian Immigrants

F.   What are the agency’s main activities?

            Putting Water stations up along US, Mexican border to help the people trying to

            cross over

G.   Mission statement? (you may quote mission statement if available; use quotation marks)

            “Humane Borders, motivated by faith, will work to create a just and humane border environment. Members will respond with humanitarian assistance to those who are risking their lives and safety crossing the United States border with Mexico. We encourage the creation of public policies toward a humane, non-militarized border with legalized work opportunities for migrants in the U.S. and legitimate economic opportunities in migrants' countries of origin. We welcome all persons of good faith.”


H.   What are the key im/migration issues of concern to this agency?

            That the borders be de-militarized and that Christians should be allowed over and

            given legal work status.                                                                                                                                                                                               I.    What appears to be the most common informational basis for statements issued, press releases, reports, etc.?


J.    Any publications? (what types, sample titles; if online, give links)

            Mostly newspaper.  Washington Post, “Death in the Desert”, AZ Republic, “Border Oasis”, NY Times, “Church Provides Oasis for Illegal Immigrants to US.”

K.   Give at least one citation of this agency in a newspaper article (preferably an Arizona newspaper). Use a citation index to research this e.g., Lexis Nexis, available from the Migration Course Web Page made by the Fletcher Library:  Provide a quote from the article that gives a good idea of this agency’s perspective on im/migration.  Note: not a quote from agency’s own web site.

            “The group that will build and maintain the water tanks is called Humane Borders, operated by the Rev. Robin Hoover.” AZ Republic, 08JUN01 Article “Desert deaths turn immigrants into diplomats.”

L.    Other issues of interest?

            Group has the right idea but a bad platform.  It openly excludes non-Christians. 

M.   Is the agency noticeably pro or con immigration? (you may need to determine this from readings its position papers, press releases, news reports, etc)

            The agency is pro immigration.  

N.   Web site? Give URL



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