02/28/2013 12:48:50 PM EST
South Texas Overtaking Arizona as Place Where More Border Crossers Die
"The new scrutiny of South Texas by a civil-rights group focused on identifying bodies underscores a geographical shift: Texas is overtaking Arizona in migrant deaths. An accurate count is hard to gather because state, federal and local agencies keep separate records, with some remains being counted twice. Other bodies are never found. But a comparison of the Brooks County figures with recent numbers from Arizona — where the information gathering is more centralized — suggests the Texas death toll has either surpassed Arizona or is close. And the growing deaths come, surprisingly, as overall immigration to the United States has dropped dramatically." - Corpus Christi Caller Times, Feb. 23, 2013.