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February 14, 2007

A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Immigration Policy Center (IPC)
...providing factual information about immigration and immigrants in the United States.

NEW RELEASE February 9, 2007

New Estimates of Deaths Among Unauthorized Immigrants. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. governments 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 Arizonas 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 this IPC Policy Brief, authors 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.

at ; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/policybrief/policybrief_020607.shtml

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