Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Death on the Border Chapter 101: Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge


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Here is the latest from AP on the latest U.S./Mexico border death trap.  

Bodies have recently been seen floating in the Rio Grande.  There has been a spike in drownings since October. Immigrants, desperate to avoid detection at a time of increased patrols, are choosing more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas.

“The canals and areas of the river they are trying to traverse, they typically weren’t trying to go across before,” said Raul L. Ortiz, deputy chief of Rio Grande Valley sector.  His sector has already seen at least 16 drownings in nearly six months, nearly a third of them in the canals. The tally is only five short of the number of deaths reported from October 2013 to September, when a historic surge of immigrant women and children were crossing into South Texas. Though illegal crossings have decreased dramatically from last summer, more law enforcement officials are patrolling the border to deter another wave of immigrants.



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