Timeline for entries tagged “Migrant Deaths”

A chronology of events related to U.S. border governance and migration

May 6, 2021

Federal charges have been filed against Antonio Hurtado, the captain of a boat that ran aground near San Diego and killed three migrants. 

Tags: Migrant Deaths, San Diego

March 4, 2021

The thirteen migrants that were killed in a traffic collision near Holtville, California when a semi truck crashed into a vehicle carrying 25 migrants formed part of a larger group of 44 that had entered the United States through a hole in the border wall in the El Centro sector. The same day, a Chevrolet Suburban carrying the other 19 burst into flames and all passengers were taken into custody by Border Patrol. 

Tags: Border Patrol, El Centro, Migrant Deaths

February 3, 2021

No More Deaths and Coalición de Derechos Humanos, two Arizona-based humanitarian groups, released an extensive report condemning Border Patrol for its emergency response efforts on the border. The report details negligence, hostility, and outright discrimination on the part of Border Patrol over the past 20 years and recommends the end of the agency’s predominant role in search and rescue.

Tags: Border Patrol, Migrant Deaths, Organizational Culture, Search and Rescue, Tucson

January 5, 2021

President Trump signed the bipartisan Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act into law. This act will provide state and local governments and humanitarian organizations with more assistance and resources to find, recover, and identify bodies of migrants who have died trying to enter the US. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Migrant Deaths, U.S. Policy

December 23, 2020

2020 was the deadliest year on record for migrants crossing into Arizona, with 225 remains of migrants found so far according to Humane Borders and the Pima County Medical Examiner. This is likely due to a combination of border wall construction forcing migrants to take remote routes, increased CBP hostility to humanitarian groups, and soaring temperatures.

Tags: Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration

October 14, 2020

  • With migrant deaths approaching levels not seen in years, humanitarian aid volunteers in southern Arizona say that the U.S. Border Patrol is using Covid-19 as a pretext to quietly dump large numbers of immigrants in Sasabe, one of the most remote and potentially dangerous communities in the Sonoran Desert, overwhelming the town’s limited immigration resources and placing individuals at significant risk of being targeted by organized criminal groups.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

June 8, 2020

  • CBP warns of the summer heat for migrants crossing the border after Rio Grande City agents discover human remains in an area known for human and narcotics smuggling. Agents in Brooks County also responded to a 911 call for two lost men, both Mexican nationals, that CBP transported to emergency medical services.

Tags: Migrant Deaths, Migration, Rio Grande Valley

May 27, 2020

  • The University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center releases an incredibly detailed report on migrant deaths in south Texas over the last two decades. The report compiles 2,655 cases in the region collected from 1990 up until 2020, with an additional 615 cases accounting for deaths in the Rio Grande. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration

May 12, 2020

  • The ACLU of Texas files a civil rights lawsuit against the CBP agent responsible for the 2018 shooting death of 20-year-old Guatemalan woman Claudia Gómez González in Laredo, Texas. Gómez González was killed during a confrontation with border agents in a vacant lot after crossing the border with other migrants. The ACLU asserts that she was a victim of excessive violence and a civil rights violation.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths

May 12, 2020

  • Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia becomes the first to die from COVID-19 in ICE custody. Escobar Mejia, 57, fled El Salvador as a teenager and lived in the United States for four decades. Apprehended by Border Patrol in January, Escobar Mejia passed away at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego – where ICE has its largest COVID-19 outbreak.

Tags: Detention, El Salvador, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health

March 11, 2020

  • In the El Paso sector, CBP announces the death of a pregnant 19-year-old woman from Guatemala, Miriam Estefany Girón Luna, after she fell from the border barrier near Clint, Texas. CBP blames human smugglers from Mexico for “encouraging her” to climb the barrier. Tekandi Paniagua, a Guatemalan consular official based in Texas, instead indicates the shifting migration dynamics at the border due to the asylum roadblocks implemented by the U.S. government, as migrants cross the border using far more dangerous methods out of desperation.

Tags: El Paso, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Remain in Mexico

January 14, 2020

  • The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations hosts the hearing: “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.”

Tags: Hearings, Migrant Deaths