Thursday, February 8, 2007

A Report on (More) Deaths on the Border

In the mid-1990s, the U.S. government’s deterrence approach to immigration control militarized the U.S.-Mexico border, closed off major urban points of unauthorized migration in Texas and California, and funneled hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants through southern Arizona’s deserts and mountains. As a result, immigrant deaths along the border have increased dramatically. Experts estimate that the bodies of 2,000 to 3,000 immigrants have been found along the Southwest border since 1995. According to one expert, this border “has been more than 10 times deadlier to migrants from Mexico during the past nine years than the Berlin Wall was to East Germans throughout its 28-year existence.” In an policy brief (here), Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, M.Melissa McCormick, Daniel Martinez, and Inez Magdalena Duarte summarize their report for the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona.

For the latest death toll figures (about 3000) from Operation Gatekeeper south of San Diego, california, click here.


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I wonder if anyone in the open borders advocacy groups notices that the deserts of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California bear no similarities to the Berlin Wall. An estimate so inaccurate as to have such a range of 2000 to 3000 is questionable. You may as well make comparisons with traffic deaths, but then the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. is precisely known, and in the tens of thousands every year, so it wouldn't serve your purpose. You'd probably save thousands more people on a traffic safety crusade than by pushing your open borders agenda.

The Mexican government is responsible for keeping its citizens from crossing the border. Complain to Mexico about their responsiblity. Maybe if they made a small effort to discourage desert crossing, none would die. Instead they encourage it in cooperation with Robin Hoover, by providing maps to watering holes.

Frankly, I perceive these deaths as a matter of personal responsibility. The hazard is well known, yet people still engage in this risky behavior. Looking at it otherwise is to be paternalistic.

Posted by: Horace | Feb 8, 2007 10:43:35 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Unintentional fatal drug overdoses in the United States nearly doubled from 1999 to 2004, overtaking falls to become the nation's second-leading cause of accidental death, behind automobile crashes, the government reported.
The number of accidental drug overdose deaths rose from 11,155 in 1999 to 19,838 in 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The significance of drug overdose deaths suffered by the American public puts the border scene in perspective. It's hardly consequential that Mexican nationals answerable only to their own poor judgment suffer the consequence of their actions. Fewer than 500 illicit border crossers died last year. Such deaths are in decline from previous years.

Posted by: George | Feb 13, 2007 9:01:41 AM

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