Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Another Migrant Death from the San Diego Fire

This morning, we posted a story about our Immigrant of the Day and how he had discovered a migrant who died as a result of a wild fire in the San Diego area. We just learned that another migrant also died in the fires.  A mother of four who was critically injured in the Harris fire after crossing the border died yesterday at UCSD Medical Center. María Guadalupe Beltrán, 29, had been hospitalized in the burn unit after being rescued in the backcountry during the firestorm two weeks ago.

Beltrán, a native of Mexico, had been returning to the United States after traveling to her hometown to attend her father's funeral. Her younger brother, who was with her, was critically injured. She is survived by, among others, four children, ages 8, 7, 5 and 18 months, her partner, Felipe Mercado.

How many migrants will die as a result of our border enforcement policies?  And how we as a people look back on this 100 years from now?


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