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Volunteers help migrants at Sasabe border camp

The Tucson Sector continues to lead all nine southern border sectors in total migrant apprehensions with over 300,000 this fiscal year
Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 26, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-26 21:35:18-04

SASABE, Ariz. (KGUN) — Volunteers like Andy Winter are often the first faces migrants see after they've crossed the border near Sasabe, Arizona.

After two families from Mexico arrive at a camp along the border wall, he begins to make them a warm meal.

“If it was me in their situation, I would hope someone would show up and make me soup," Winter said.

Andy Winter serves a migrant soup

After the migrants cross the border, they wait at the camp which has been put together over the months by volunteers and humanitarian groups.

Benedid Lopez Canto traveled to the U.S. from Guerrero, Mexico with her husband and two daughters. They are 11 and 4 years old.

“I left out of fear, I don’t want to return. I’m afraid for my daughters," Canto said. “My hopes are that now my children can go to school and I won’t fear that they won’t return.”

Benedid Lopez Canto and her family.

Winter says he gets emotional helping the migrants. He and his wife are originally from the Northeast, but are spending time in Southern Arizona to help migrants.

“I hope I never have to flee for my life, and if I do, I hope there is someone to greet me wherever I go," Winter said. "All of that is in these simple little cups of soup.”

The Tucson Sector currently leads all nine southern border sectors in total apprehensions with over 300,000.

Adam Klepp is a reporter for KGUN 9. At his previous station in Yuma, Adam focused on a range of local issues including the border, water rights and healthcare. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and attended both Loyola University Chicago and Syracuse University. Share your story ideas and important issues with Adam by emailing or by connecting on Twitter.