- Local law enforcement officials in Santa Cruz County are investigating the deaths of two men believed to be undocumented migrants who were found dead over the past week near the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales.
- Two days after a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican national at the San Ysidro border, more than 50 activists and community members on Sunday held a vigil and continued calls for an independent and thorough investigation into the shooting.
A conversation with Eduardo Canales of the South Texas Human Rights Center, about his organization’s fight to stop migrant deaths and to identify remains.
- 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.
As the Homeland Security Department completes its 2020 fiscal year, a walk through some of the prominent findings from the year-end data.
- Artists unveiled a new, 50-foot-tall, two-sided mural in Chicano Park that honors the memory of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and other immigrants who have died crossing the border or while in border agents’ custody.
Experts and activists discuss deaths of migrants on U.S. soil, attacks on humanitarian workers, and efforts to identify the dead.
A documentary about Scott Warren, an Arizona professor who was arrested and charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and harboring after providing humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert.
May 2020 saw an increase in apprehensions of single adults, many of whom may seek to avoid apprehension by migrating through dangerous border sectors during the hot summer months.
- 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.
- 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.
Researchers find that more than 3,253 people in 22 years—far more than Border Patrol estimates—have lost their lives attempting to migrate through south Texas.
Last updated May 12, 2020. Download a PDF packet of infographics at bit.ly/wola_border.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
All of the prior-year data that CBP posts to its statistics page, combined in a single PDF file. Includes sector profile, family unit and UAC apprehensions, family unit apprehensions by sector, monthly apprehensions, apprehensions from Mexico and other than Mexico, staffing statistics, deaths, apprehensions by sector, apprehensions since 1925, and budget statistics.
- 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.”
A memo reporting back from a field visit to El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.