Friday, December 17, 2021

Dying in the desert: How U.S. border policies contribute to migrant mortality

UCLA-funded study models the toll of heat and dehydration on the human body

A 5-year-old child will probably die first. Then a nonpregnant woman, followed by a grown man and finally a pregnant woman. This is s an all-too-real ranking of how likely migrants are to perish from dehydration and exposure as they traverse the most unforgiving routes through the Sonoran Desert near the Mexico‚ÄďArizona border.

A new UCLA-funded study published this week in the journal Science demonstrates how Latina/o migrants of various ages and physiological types experience potentially fatal heat stress. Just as importantly, it suggests that a longstanding U.S. Border Patrol policy known as Prevention Through Deterrence, designed to push migrants away from urban crossing points and into the most punishing corridors of the desert, only serves to drive the death rate higher.


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