Man told by tribe officials not to provide water to illegal migrants

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TUCSON - A member of the Tohono O'odham tribe who has been putting out water for illegal immigrants crossing the desert for seven years has been told to stop.

Mike Wilson says he's been told before that the tribe doesn't want him placing water on the southern Arizona reservation to help migrants.

Wilson says he was showing a water station to a group of non-tribal seminary students and two retired ministers on Saturday when he was approached by a tribal officer.

He says his visitors were told to leave the reservation and never return.

Wilson says the tribe has been adamant about not cooperating with his efforts trying to mitigate migrant deaths on its lands.

But Wilson says he's not going to stop.

Tribal officials haven't answered calls seeking comment.