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Dying to Come to the U.S.

"29-year-old Jorge Garcia Medina died in the Japul Mountains of California in 2009. His wife waited in vain for a call that he’d made it through so that she could pay off his smugglers. A diabetic, he ran out of insulin during the arduous journey and was left behind with a blanket, a can...

Advocates Seek Solutions to Migrant Deaths in Arizona

"In late April, a Vista father of five children died in the Arizona desert trying to re-enter the country illegally and became one of the nearly 200 people who die each year in that stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities recovered the remains of 191 people along the Arizona border with Mexico...

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...

Make Border Deaths Part of Immigration Debate

"People on a quest for a better life are not stopped by border infrastructure — unless it kills them. And it too often does. The boots-on-the-ground enforcement experts see the real problem. “We all know that illegal immigration is a crime, but it’s not a crime you should lose...

Shootings by CBP Agents Increase Border Tensions

"As rocks hurled from Mexico rained down on United States Border Patrol agents one night last October, at least one of the agents drew his gun and fired across the border, striking a teenager 11 times, 7 times in the back. The boy, José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, collapsed and died on a...

Border Crossings Down, But Deaths Remain the Same: Video

"Border crossings are at an all-time low but the number of recorded deaths remain the same. Since President Barack Obama took office, he's overseen at least 1.8 million deportations, a figure that has likely reached 2 million today. Fusion's Jorge Ramos went to the border of Nogales, Arizona...

A Path to America, Marked by More and More Bodies

Manny Fernandez, New York Times, May 4, 2017 - "More people have died illegally crossing the southwestern border of the United States in the last 16 years than were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina combined. From October 2000 through September 2016, the Border...

Investigation Documents Undercount of Border Deaths

Rob O'Dell, Daniel González, Jill Castellano, Beatriz Alvarado and Rafael Carranza, the Arizona Republic, Dec. 14, 2017 - "Across sandy Texas scrubland, along swift-moving California canals, in searing Arizona deserts and within remote New Mexico canyons, the bodies of hundreds of immigrants...