BROOKS COUNTY, Texas -- As the immigration crisis on the border grows, some South Texas ranchers are putting caches of water on their land because so many undocumented immigrants are dying from dehydration.
It's happening in Brooks County, southwest of Corpus Christi. Many immigrants walk across the county, to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias.
The sheriff's department says people have found the remains of at least 400 people since 2009.
Volunteers have been removing them from shallow graves for DNA testing, to try to provide closure for their families.
Immigrants call the area the "desert of the dead."
Now some charities are trying to change that. They are working with ranch hands to leave drinking water in remote areas.
Those barrels are marked with a white flag and a red cross.
They say regardless of the political debate, they are simply trying to save lives.
Until the border crisis ends, the Salvation Army is asking for donations to feed and clothe those caught up in it. Go here to donate. The Salvation Army is also asking for volunteers who want to go through training and be prepared to respond in case of a crisis. Go here for more volunteer information.
St. James' Episcopal Church is also collecting donations; a group plans to leave Sunday for a five day mission. They are taking shoes, diapers, blankets, hood sweatshirts and juice boxes everyday until 3 p.m.