"A report released June 5 by the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona answers key questions about migrant deaths in Southern Arizona since 1990.
Authored by researchers from the Binational Migration Institute as well as from the Pima County
Office of the Medical Examiner, or PCOME, the report finds that deaths during migration in
Southern Arizona have not decreased despite the overall decrease in unauthorized migration
The report finds that the "death rate" (the number of deaths per 100,000 Border Patrol
apprehensions of unauthorized migrants) has increased exponentially in Border Patrol's Tucson
sector since the early 2000s.
The report, titled, "A Continued Humanitarian Crisis at the Border: Undocumented Border
Crosser Deaths Recorded by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, 1990-2012," includes data on more than 2, 200 decedents examined by the PCOME and believed to be undocumented border crossers, or UBCs.
The interdisciplinary report was co-authored by researchers and professionals from the
disciplines of sociology, cultural and forensic anthropology, Mexican American studies and
Key findings on changes over time: