A die-hard Trump supporter and his wife, who despises the US president, are united on a rare mission.
For years, John and Laura Hunter have set up water stations for people illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to save them from deadly heat in California’s Anza-Borrego desert.
John, 65, is a Republican who founded the nonprofit Water Stations 21 years ago when a record number of migrants died of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
“I was born here. I was lucky enough to be born here in the states where we had great freedom and great opportunities,” said the physicist. “But the guys in the south of here don’t have the same chances just because their system is different. If I were one of them, I would come north too.”
His Mexican-born wife Laura joined the Water Station as a volunteer and they tied the knot years later.
“She didn’t tell me she was a Democrat when I married her. Once again, I was betrayed,” joked John. “When I married her, we didn’t talk about politics. We just got out of here and passed out water.”
The marriage has been tested more than ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 US election campaign against illegal immigration.
“I think that created a bit of friction between us because I don’t like Trump,” said Laura, 73. “I don’t like the way he demonizes people, especially poor people, because they come from different parts of the world.”
John didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 out of respect for Laura, but thinks it’s good that the former reality TV star is not your typical politician.
“It’s refreshing to find a man who is himself even if he’s an idiot,” he said.
Water Stations is backed by hundreds of volunteers and donors who put politics aside to follow their hearts.
“Everyone has a right to their own opinion,” said Laura. “But we all have the same purpose, the same goal of reducing heat-related deaths in this area.”
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