Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Arizona Border Deaths Blamed On U.S. Policy

   We have an interesting  study for you from the University of Arizona which claims that the increase in border deaths is due to the U.S. policy of " funnelling " the illegal's away from the bigger areas of Texas and California and and out into the harsh Arizona deserts.

UA study: Illegal immigrant deaths tied to border policy

Tucson Citizen         Published: 02.14.2007

Arizona accounts for a third to half of the 2,000 to 3,000 bodies of men, women and children found along the nearly 2,000 miles of the southern border over the last 10 years. Researchers at the University's Binational Migration Institute focused on deaths examined by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office over a 15-year period to assess how the nature and character of the deaths have changed. The Pima County Medical Examiner's Office handled 90 percent of the Arizona deaths.

From 1990 to 1999, the Medical Examiner's office handled on average 14 deaths of illegal immigrants per year. Once traffic shifted into Arizona from 2000 to 2005, the number jumped to 160 deaths a year.

During that period, the percentage of dead from southern and central Mexico increased significantly, whereas those from northern Mexico decreased, the study found.

The study included analysis from the 2006 Government Accountability Office report, which found that the U.S. Border Patrol consistently undercount border deaths due to a very narrow set of criteria.

   One commenter said that they would like to see them  "funneled into The Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range ( a bombing range in the U.S. state of Arizona that runs along the Mexican border)



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